I was dismayed to read that some protesters threw eggs at an MP at a public meeting about the forest sell-off. However, strongly these people feel, it is counter productive to adopt these kinds of tactics. The students did their cause huge damage by the violence in the protest marches against the rise in tuition fees. It is much more productive to use reasoned argument, write letters and participate in the consultation process. There’s already a significant amount of disquiet amongst government MPs. It’s far better to work on this, than alienate them by chucking some eggs. To any sane person the arguments against a sell-off are overwhelming. The challenge is to persuade pig-headed politicians that they are making a mistake and need to back down. You are not going to do that by throwing a few eggs.