"Shame on you." "Racist scum." Push and shove, threaten, wave your Socialist Worker banner in the front of cameras - this is the gauntlet of abuse that David Kurten had to face last night, at a hustings for the Lewisham East by-election.
But it was not just UKIP London Assembly Member David Kurten (who has written eloquently about politically correct education policies) who had to get past all these people.
Ordinary members of the public who wanted to hear what the candidates had to say also had to get try to get through this mob, just to enter the building.
But it did not stop there. Inside the hall, David, who is of mixed race and of partly Jamaican heritage, was giving a fine, calm, measured and sensible speech about Brexit and respecting democracy, when a middle aged white woman stood up and started shouting, "Lewisham anti-racists," and waving her arms, aggressively pointing her finger at David, shouting, "Shame on you’. She basically carried on and on so David could not speak, until an older organiser, and a pretty gentle policeman, put their arms around her, and lead her off to great applause from the audience.
David went on to deliver the punchline of the whole evening:
"What a thing. I always find it amusing when white people call me racist."
After 30 minutes, the police shut the event down completely for the safety of those there because of the rampaging mob outside. David Kurten has written about that here.
You can see the whole video:
But it is worse than even this video shows, because three candidates did not even attend the hustings:
The Labour Party candidate, supported by Jeremy Corbyn, decided not to attend because Anne-Marie Waters of For Britain was supposed to be speaking; the Conservative candidate suddenly had a clash of engagements. (Really, we are supposed to believe that?); and Anne Marie Waters herself was told, by the police, not to attend for her own safety.
Given the mob outside, who were already pushing people off the pavement into oncoming traffic, they were probably right about that. (The irony, of course, is that Anne-Marie Waters was for many years a member of the Labour Party and is a radical feminist and lesbian).
One young man, who was standing as a Libertarian, decided to bring tee-shirts to put in place of bodies on the chairs of the Labour and Conservative candidates. That seems to have been the only light point of the whole evening.
When normal people literally have no voice, what are they supposed to do? David Kurten is himself a Christian, a chemistry teacher and a member of the London Assembly. He is a gentle, moral, devout person.
Shouting "scum" a thousand times is now the only "argument" allowed.
Another sad day for democracy and free speech in the UK.
(Catherine Blaiklock is a member of UKIP and stood for local elections and as a Parliamentary Candidate. She now serves as the party's Eastern Regional organiser across eight counties.)