Freak of the week, [John]

Freak of the week, [John] “Abbott, 56, heads the Blackshirts, a group that dons masks and protests outside the homes of women they deem to be immoral. The mainly male, middle-aged group also heckles women at the Family Court and demands that divorce laws be repealed.”

“Sitting beneath a yellowing photograph of the Beatles, Abbott seems to think he can force a change back to the ’50s, when men made the money and marriage was forever. Just how serious he is about physical violence is not clear. He says his group is non-violent, but there are women who say he has terrified them by turning up outside their homes, or at court cases, with a mob of hooded men. ” (Age)