I wouldn’t vote for Marine Le Pen but I can understand why people might
On Thursday evening, I queued outside for almost two hours to see Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s Front National party, speak at the Oxford Union. Thanks to protestors, who scaled the debating society’s walls and allegedly chased Union officials through the building, I then waited an hour more.
About 200 anti-fascist demonstrators gathered outside the Union buildings, holding placards saying ‘Marine Le Pen… Never Again!’ and chanting ‘This is free speech, that is a platform’. Queuing quietly, it felt somewhat ironic to be called ‘Nazi Fascist Scum!’ by angry people in balaclavas.
But as well as wanting to hear the views of the woman who may well become the next President of France, my friends and I were willing to brave the cold and the placards to support the Union’s decision to invite Ms. Le Pen.