Monday 19 February 2018

Is Wimbledon banning the ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ chant?

It might fall under the ban of political slogans.

(Adam Davy/Ben Mitchell/PA)
(Adam Davy/Ben Mitchell/PA)

By Prudence Wade

If you’re going to Wimbledon this year, no doubt you’re keen to know what you can’t bring or do in the grounds.

However, one of the rules might surprise you as it possibly extends to the now-ubiquitous “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” chant.

The opposition leader was greeted by the chants at last weekend’s Glastonbury Festival, and now you can hear it everywhere – so it’s highly likely to make another appearance at the tennis championships which start tomorrow. Safe to say people were rather looking forward to it.

However, one thing that’s prohibited from the grounds by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) are “any objects or clothing bearing political statements”.

An AELTC spokesman told the Daily Telegraph when asked if they were banning the chant: “We wouldn’t want people to use this kind of event as a platform for their specific views or causes.”

It is likely that spectators will be shushed if the chant bubbles over, and the Telegraph says that stewards would probably eject any protesters from the grounds if they persisted.

This is all very well and good, but some people are unsure how easy it would be to actually police the chanting.

In fact, it looks like the potential ban might be fuelling some people all the more.

Corbyn has been invited in to watch the tennis from the Royal Box on one of the days, although The Times says that he has reportedly turned this invitation down.

Press Association

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