marxism-digest V1 #2231

Geoff Collier geoff at
Wed May 31 12:18:18 MDT 2000

In 1985 and 1987 Tory students at Hull University tried to get Proctor to
speak to them. The left stopped him both times and I was present at the
second event, by which time his sexual activity was well known. Certainly
nobody was attacking him for anything but his racist views. Of course the
tabloid coverage (because some students were run over by his car) had
headlines like "Spanking MP in ..." but that had nothing to do with us.


> Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 10:01:56 +0100
> From: "Graham" <graham at>
> Subject: Re: NZ section of IST (the SWO)
> Unfortunately the 80s campaign against Proctor 'worked' for sections of
> British left not because he was in an exploitative personal relationship
> largely because he was homosexual. His reactionary politics gave this a
> populist feel. Singer Elton John got the same treatment at around the same
> time and Section 28 came onto the statute books. The Proctor affair
> slightly before May Day 1987, which had some left wingers on may day
> chanting
> 'Harvey Proctor is a spanker
> Harvey Proctor is a wanker'
> and
> 'Harvey Proctor, perverse swine
> We hate Tory hypocrites'

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