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Malvern Gazette and Ledbury Reporter

Sept 17, 2004

Opinion

Protest was very much in the air this week. First we had Batman scaling the walls of Buckingham Palace and then hunt supporters walking onto the floor of the House of Commons. ....

Wednesday's protest both outside and, rather dramatically, inside the House of Commons also showed the lengths to which people will go when their rights are taken away by the law.

Putting the security concerns raised to one-side, personally I rather admired those hunt supporters who took their protest onto the floor of the House of Commons this week.

On Wednesday night the BBC's political editor Andrew Marr said events had shown that in the end power lay with the MP's in the House of Commons.

This may be the view of the political classes in London, but out here in the real world we know that ultimately power lies with ordinary people, it's just that most of the time they don't choose to exercise it.

Nick Howells