Despite some changeable weather over the past couple of days, especially challenging for those holding the poles of our new 8′ x 3′ anti-MGM banner when Hurricane Harriet swept through Manchester yesterday, our protests over the past two days were very successful. I should like to warmly thank Rod, Ewan, Patrick, David, Tony, Alistair, Jonathan and Chris for their good-natured approach to the task of handing out leaflets and engaging passers-by in conversations. As always at such events, we found time to enjoyed a few beers, and it was great to share the men’s company. A good time was had by all.
We distributed over 3,000 leaflets including the Jews Against Circumcision Brit Shalom leaflet, printed both sides, and a new leaflet, also printed both sides – here and here. New placards promoted the Brit Shalom leaflet, the Quranic Path website, and our 2018 conference.
We engaged with a huge number of conference attendees as well as plenty of well-known figures including Philip Davies MP (Winston award winner), Quentin Letts (Winston award winner), Jon Snow, Evan Davis, Matthew Parris and Lord Daniel Finkelstein, the Jewish Conservative peer (and columnist with The Times) who appears not to appreciate our presence outside his party’s conferences. Last year I handed him a leaflet outside the Birmingham conference, and he seemed a trifle displeased when he discovered the content. I encountered him both yesterday and today, and hope to post a short video of the latter some time soon.
Our thanks to Ewan for being on video camera duty over the two days, he hopes to get a short video out before long.
We look forward to protesting outside the next Tory party conference, in Birmingham, next year – about 11 weeks after our own conference in the city.