It is a fine line to tread, you want to show support for a particular issue, but not become part of a mob.
However, just sitting at home tutting at the paper doesn’t convey the message. So many people have signed petitions, attended council meetings, and taken part in peaceful marches to show support for various issues.
The issue raised here is the contempt shown for campaigners, and how much weight is given to public feeling. I think every issue has those who are passionate about it, and it is really good to see how those people galvanize and provide some outlet for others to create a coherent message.
The work done by the likes of Johanna Anderson is much needed, as seen by the result in the compromises on the Libraries. That would not have happened if the public message had not been coherently and persistently given to County Council. The same happened with the Forests and the HOOF campaign!
To have campaigners branded as “not real” is completely ridiculous, many of those Councillors in the Council now have been campaigners themselves on one issue or another – they should really remember their own roots!!