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How not to protest: Philip Hammond, incest and shouting abuse

So far it is rather murky exactly what Philip Hammond said when meeting equal marriage campaigners, and how close he really got to bracketing equal marriage with incest.

What however hasn’t been challenged is what some of the protesters shouted at Philip Hammond:

He was greeted by protestors’ chants of ‘Gay, straight, black, white: marriage is a civil right’, ‘Hey, (hey), ho, (ho), homophobia’s got to go’, ‘Say it loud, say it clear, bigots are not welcome here’, ‘Unequal rights? We don’t buy it: we remember the Stonewall riots’, and ultimately, ‘Fuck off Philip Hammond, you homophobe’.

It’s a classic case of how not to protest, because the sort of abuse the chanters descended to is just what make opponents dig in their heals and cling even more strongly to their existing views, and which also is just what puts off those unsure on an issue.

Equality comes from persuading people to change their views. Legislative success comes from winning over supporters. Chanting abuse like that achieves neither.

 

22 comments
Jack Gladstone Holroyde
Jack Gladstone Holroyde

One of the students interviewing Hammond is a staunch communist and vocal opponent of 'tory scum'. I find it difficult to trust a word he's saying about what happened in the interview, especially as his facebook page is now plastered with self-congratulatory degoratory comments about how much the press love him and how much everyone hates tories.

Graham Smith
Graham Smith

if only the protesters could afford to employ Mark Pack they'd change Tory minds overnight. Now I know where the Chartists, Suffragettes and Anti-Poll Tax Unions went wrong - they should have all employed a PR firm.

Tom Harris
Tom Harris

I have to admit to having started the 'Fuck off Philip Hammond' one. I think the blog misunderstands what we were trying to do with the protest. Hammond was extremely unlikely to change his views as a result of briefly being whisked past a group of protesters on his way into a building to talk about defence policy. Our aim, then, wasn't to somehow coax him round in the space of a few seconds but to draw attention to the nature of his daft and unpleasant views. By the time we'd started telling him to fuck off he was already safely ensconced within the building, having his private meeting with my friends Jack and Joe. Still...I stand by it, he really ought to fuck off.

Patrick Hadfield
Patrick Hadfield

You're probably right. But the transcription of the chants made me laugh!

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