A kiss is just a kiss, say London's proud

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7 thoughts on “A kiss is just a kiss, say London's proud

  1. "A further confrontation escalated into a little argy-bargy before the organizer spat in the face of a particularly loathsome bearded man."

    Well, there's no accounting for taste. And considering that loathesome bearded man went to on to ask the police not to arrest the aggressive, 'roid-head lunatic, I'd cut him some slack.

    "Taking issue with the SWP being there" is not a reasonable position and there is no room for that kind of violent intimidation in liberation movements. He should be ashamed, and your ludicrous apologia for him marks you out as a total dickhead. Jog on.

  2. It's not an apologia, as far as I'm aware. I said that spitting in the face of another person was totally unacceptable, as was the threat of violence.

    Whether or not you went to the police to tell them not to arrest him, the fact is you were deliberately provoking — and you knew it. And I also heard the words "I'd like to press charges" during the fracas.

    How hard would have been for you to stop chanting and just put your placards down? What did Libya have to do with the kiss-in?

    As I've said, both sides were in the wrong, but you're the one who is making accusations of steroid abuse, not me. I think both parties should be ashamed of themselves. If you are, in fact, that bearded man, then you have my apologies for calling you loathsome. It was not the beard I was referring to, but your actions, which played their part in increasing the tension.

    Also, is that your real email ad? I'd actually like to drop you a line, if you could stomach me contacting you.

  3. Why have you removed the youtube videos? did the big "anarchist" intimidate you in to taking them down?

    I think it is important for you to make those videos publicly available.

  4. Believe me I've thought about this a lot.

    He didn't intimidate me. Nothing of the sort. We have spoken, and I've listened to what he had to say. It was my choice choice to make them private. The videos were spreading very fast and from my observations around the the net I was beginning to get a sense that the videos were a kind of ammo for extremist groups to use and launch personal attacks against the individual involved.

    While I don't condone the actions of the individual, I didn't feel exactly comfortable in that position, somewhere between the far left and far right. The political undertones to the whole debacle made me question where this is all going.

    I have to stand by my decision. The video has already been seen by several thousand people, granted, but the way the comments were going and personal nature of what was being said there and elsewhere meant that I had to take a step back and think. The thing was basically becoming a meme and being retweeted and shared an awful lot.

    I'm not trying to hide the incident — I've written about it above — but this is the decision I came to.

    However, I'm open to discussion.

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