THE ISSUE OF FRACKING PROTESTERS – There’s an issue in Balcombe, England over a company that wants to drill for gas using a technique known as ‘fracking’.
Fracking is achieved using hydraulics and is primarily the process of drilling and then injecting fluid into the ground at very high pressures so that it is able to fracture shale rocks in order to release natural gases.
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In today’s edition of the Daily Mail it is carrying the headline “Police Cave in to Mob Rule Over Fracking” see: Daily Mail
It’s a shocking headline and immediately conjures up images of an angry group hell bent on a violent confrontation. Unfortunately the press has a habit of sensationalist headlines as it’s unlikely anyone would bother to read the article if the headline had read “Peaceful Protesters Ask Energy Company to Reconsider Fracking”.
Yes it doesn’t quite have the same impact. The Daily Mail’s claims of a mob really depends on how you define a mob.
Let’s take a look at the actual definition of the word ‘mob’…
- a disorderly or riotous crowd of people.
- a crowd bent on or engaged in lawless violence.
- any group or collection of persons or things.
- the common people; the masses; populace or multitude.
- a criminal gang, especially one involved in drug trafficking,extortion, etc.
Note carefully that of the five known definitions three of them refer to it as either being violent and or criminal; is it any wonder why our initial reaction to the headlines is that of violence?
Look at the photographs in this article; does this look like a mob to you, in the sense of it being violent? No it’s not and as you can see the police on duty appear vigilant but relaxed; vigilant because we are all too aware that there might be elements within the crowd that are looking for a violent confrontation.
When I finished reading the article I was shocked at some of the ‘reader’s comments’; not at their hostilities but of their unadulterated ignorance.
There were a number of people who admonished the group for protesting, referring to them as communists; their argument being that anyone who is against a corporation profiteering from their activities has to be a communist.
What I failed to see was anyone defending these people’s ‘democratic right’ to peaceful protest. Much of what I read either attacked the protestors or the lack of action by the police.
The last part of the paragraph above has to be the most disturbing issue. People actually believe that the police should be taking action; that is forcibly removing these people? What are they suggesting a police state?
You may or may not agree with this particular protest but you must, if you truly believe in democracy, respect it and support it. It is clear this is not a ‘mob’ that takes on the connotations of violent confrontation as the press headlines make it out to be.
It is however a group of people exercising their ‘democratic’ right to freedom of expression and peaceful process.
The truth is that Britain today is more of a communist state than anyone really wants to acknowledge. The liberals and the socialists will have you believe that we live in a society that is free to racial tensions, bigotry and that our society is a cohesive multicultural utopia.
The real truth is that Britain is a communist state run by non-elected legislators in the European Parliament.
Think I’m wrong? If we lived in a democracy maybe you could explain why the British public hasn’t been given a referendum on the EU? Surely under a democratic system we should have had a referendum by now as this is what the majority of the people have been calling for.
We have a huge number of problems in our society ranging from welfare, healthcare, immigration, the EU and the list goes on and yet despite the people demanding change not once has a citizen of the UK been provided with a referendum by the Government.
Instead of admonishing the Fracking Protestors you should join them or at least go and thank them for without the people who actively and peacefully protest all would be lost. These people are the last bastion in fight for democracy and our last line of defence against the EU invasion and it is people like this that you may just rely on when Brussels finally legislates against any future democratic elections.
Do you democracy really exists in the UK? Please leave your comments below.