Don’t throw eggs

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.

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7 thoughts on “Don’t throw eggs”

  1. Very well said. Protest in a mature adult way and don’t resort to “Studentish” methods.

    The Pen is Mightier than the egg 🙂

  2. I am NO anarchist or believer of violence but let’s just pause for thought.

    We may not want to believe it but we are controlled by our government likes a shepherd herds his flock of sheep. We do exactly as we’re told and when and if we protest not to their liking then we’re arrested, charged and taken care of. This is the reality and the price that we all pay for an ordered society.

    I don’t believe that the students should’ve been so destructive when they showed their defiance by protest. Protest or not, peaceful or not, the government would not have backed down. We see politicians stating that we must protest their way, peacefully, marching to the pickets of guided Police direction. This is exactly what they want so that they can control having zero impact so they may simply bush it under the carpet and find another way of taking our money via other cuts or stealth tax’.

    We are not free but merely slaves to our corporate masters!

    I finish on some old phrases by people who knew what the power of government and the lack of the peoples will to defy it could do.

    “Those who submit to such consequences without resistance are not worthy the liberties and rights to which they were born, and deserve to be made slaves.” – President Jefferson Davis.

    ‘George Washington’

    Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

    If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

    Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

    Thomas Jefferson

    A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.

    Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

    I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. (THIS WAS SAID MANY YEARS AGO – HOW FITTING IN OUR CURRENT SITUATION!)

    I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. (WELL THE BANKS DARED AND THEY WON – WE ARE NOW ALL SLAVES TO OUR CORPORATE MASTERS!)

    Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people. (SHOULDN’T THEY ALL HAVE GONE BY NOW?)

    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

    The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

    MY FAVORITE: ‘Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium’ – I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.

    1. My point is not that we shouldn’t be vociferous and passionate in protest, just that chucking a few eggs is not going to achieve anything. Quite the reverse it produces a negative perception from those that are only peripherally interested in the issue. Much better to write letters, engage in debate and participate in the the consultation process. If enough people do that, they will back down. If the 450,000 odd who signed the save the forests petition all wrote to their MPs, to the Prime Minister and to Defra, it would have a huge impact. If all the students and paretents had done a similar thing, then the outcome might have been different. Chucking one fire extiguisher destroyed the campaign. There are times when violence may become inevitable as a last resort (viz. Egypt), but we are a long way from that.

  3. Letters and signatures unfortunately as good as it sounds will not change a policy. The students for example, shouldn’t have been violent and destructive there should’ve been an absolute boycott of all colleges, universities and institutions. No students no tutoring, no tutoring no work, everything ceases to run leaving the government no alternative but to leave their fees as is.

    Sure I do not believe in violence however history has repeatedly shown that the only way to get what we want is to sometimes channel our emotions via this route. We do exactly what we’re told and when to do it like sheep. Should any sheep stray they’re put in a separate pen so not to corrupt and allow any of the flock any free thinking. We couldn’t do what the Egyptian people have done, we wouldn’t be allowed too.

    Is this the ultimate price that we must pay for an ordered society?

    1. MPs do take notice of their postbag as the forest sell-off demonstrates (listen to the HoC debate if you’ve got patience). If enough people take the trouble to write, then MPs will take notice. Non-violent demonstration has its place, I’m not knocking it.

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