The two women left needing hospital treatment after they were attacked on a bus in a homophobic assault have blamed a rise in rightwing populism for growing hate crime and called on people to stand up for each other.
Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend, Chris, 29, defiantly announced they would not be intimidated into hiding their sexuality, days after they said they were attacked by several young men when they refused to kiss upon demand.
The attack was of course appalling. It’s vile to attack anyone peacefully going about their business and that’s all there is to that.
There is another little thought that crops up though. The claim is – and there’s no reason to doubt it – that they refused to kiss in public and were therefore beaten up. Does this mean that we have, as a society, managed to raise some young men to be quite so dim as to not know what the internet is for?