Just back from a very rewarding two days campaigning outside the Conservative party conference in Manchester. With the able help of Rod Lonsdale and Steve Moxon and Michael Wiffen, over 3,000 leaflets on domestic violence and other men’s issues were handed out to politicians (including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Iain Duncan Smith), senior media figures, and conference attendees. We had many interesting discussions with people in all three groups, almost all of them agreeing that domestic violence committed against men in a common and serious problem, and pleased that at least our political party was telling the truth on the matter.
Jacob Rees-Mogg was treated outrageously treated on his way into the conference, it was obvious from the considerable number of video cameras trained on a highly emotional disabled man shouting at Jacob that this was a pre-planned ambush. I expect the BBC and Channel 4 News, among others, will broadcast the video and audio material. [J4MB: The video duly appeared on that evening’s BBC News at 10.]
Today we were campaigning in the vicinity of Christian Hacking, political liaison officer of the pro-life charity Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, and a number of the charity’s supporters, both men and women. They had three enormous square impactful posters, I’ll post photos in the next day or two.
Our main campaigning topic was domestic violence, but we also had two J4MB pro-life placards. Some time after a heated discussion with a young feminist woman, she waited for a moment when our materials weren’t being supervised, and stole those two placards. I was alerted to this and ran to where she (and a male accomplice) were nonchalantly walking away. I grabbed her by the coat, she predictably became hysterical and called for white knights to come to her rescue. I firmly maintained my hold and called for some of the nearby police officers to join us. Seconds later she was persuaded to return the placards to me.
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