I have been wondering for many years now what the objective of a protest or demonstration is. Is it to spread the word amongst the masses? From what I can tell and also from my experiences with propaganda and statistics, most people have already made their mind up which ‘side’ they are on prior to any event taking place. Therefore all it serves to do is to entrench these divides even further. Perhaps it is a show of numbers to the government to ensure they receive ‘our’ message. I have two issues with this: 1) It only serves to empower said government that they are the rulers and we are the subjects asking, demanding, whatever you wish to call it, for them to change their approach or policy otherwise we will get very angry with them! 2) It allows the opposing views of such demonstration/protests to find any chink to ridicule or further alienate the true purpose. I believe that there is another way and perhaps the only way to change this situation.
There are too many groups and sub-groups and too many competing agendas for us to ever unite properly and to find one coherent method and objective to finally end this. I will be following this point up at the picnic ’get together’ that ‘Pete’ is putting together within the W.Mids group if anyone is interested to find out more or just interested to have a nice day out near Ledbury. Would love to hear any thoughts regarding the above. LLL