"Non-violent protest is functional and good for democracy, even when it doesn't feel so".Thanks for the reply 40C. I see what you're saying but heck, sometimes to change things one has to protest. The original protests against the poll tax were loathed in the press, and Greenham Common protesters were almost universally hated and ridiculed. USA and UK said cruise was necessary because the Sovs were doing the same. Gorby said it didn't make sense and everyone calmed down.
As for the requirement for a 'groundswell of opinion' before action ... Im sure you know what John Stuart Mill would say about that. In any case, many of our protections in law came about in the face of overwhelming opposition or hatred to them.
Non-violent protest is functional and good for democracy, even when it doesn't feel so.
Until, something like this happens to you or one of your family members,
And then there's a sudden change of mind,
A gormless group of protesters could be seen standing by as the desperate daughter screamed: “She’s in the ambulance, she’s going to Canterbury - do you think I’m stupid? She’s in Canterbury!
"I need to go to the hospital, please move your cars. This isn’t okay!"
Despite her helpless cries, the protesters refused to budge.
And the woman could be heard begging: “How can you be so selfish? This is so selfish. Can you not just understand, my mum is 81, and she’s going to hospital.