I cannot believe you lot.
Our ONLY recourse in a democracy is active peaceful protest and yet the organisers and “senior” members of this community feel that approach would be a bad idea…?!?
JimC, Macp gentlemen… I am genuinely disappointed with your apathy.
Please disagree with me, but I do feel the sitting on our hands does annoy me.
Anyone for another round of Poll Tax? Where would we have been without active protest against that… not that I’m advocating violence, but christ some effort at least.
I’m up for organised protest. Personally I don’t think car drivers and their attitude towards bikers could be any LESS respectful, so what does it matter if we get up their noses on a slow ride? Fine diplomacy says be careufly of what they thnk, but they don’t give two hoots about us, otherwise a report that says action could be taken that would save our lives and the lives of others would be taken seriosuly.
For god’s sake if we all stay home and put the kettle on, they are NEVER going to learn how important these things are to us. And we’re talking about REDUCED ACCIDENT RATES here, which could mean lives… coupled with a corrupt effort to HIDE that from us and the general public… is that not important enough to stand up and go “OI, THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH…WHAT ABOUT US?!?”
Sadly frustrated at the response to this post, very disappointed in you lot!
No toby once again you go off without digesting / reading what has been written.
What I said was that to just have protest ride would serve no purpose. What I also said was to LOBBY the people who would in fact make the decision.
What I’m advising against is a pointless attempt to highlight the issue. You need to play these people at their own game - end of.
So before we take to the streets lets first write a few letters? Enough letters (and that’s letters - not emails or e petitions) will make the point and give better grounds for a protest in the future. What’s happaned so far is that the report hasn’t even been published yet - there’s details of it but it’s not actually here yet so what are we protesting about?
Direct action isn’t always the answer and a more pragmatic approach often leads to more success.
And as for the Poll tax riot - I still can not accept that the people who rioted and burnt out private property and attacked their fellow human beings were protesting about the poll tax - I think it was more about attacking the state - which in my eyes is wholly wrong - we live in a democaracy where the vote counts and just because you don’t get your way doesn’t mean you riot to get your way.
The Poll Tax was scrapped because of wide spread disquiet and protest not the riot. You could also argue that as a result of that riot the powers that be had a perfect excuse to restrict the way in which the people of this country can protest in the future and why when faced with the prospect of protesting you have to jump through hoops to do so today.
So much for the great Trafalgar Square protest eh Toby - swampy and his mates did more damage to our way of life that the Thatcher government ever did.
So join me. Put away your soapbox and direct that over reactive opinion of yours at the people who need the verbal kicking.