I don't blame Nick Robinson for stamping on a ‘Troops Out' placard after a live broadcast.
After all the BBC man was only trying to do his job, reporting on the spending cuts — whatever your politics, a major story.
Was he allowed to do so in peace? Of course not. Cue an interruption by protesters with placards, including one saying ‘Cut the War, Not the Poor'. Afterwards, Robinson gave the placard a thrashing. Yet it was he who ended up defending — and later regretting — his behaviour. Not the pig-ignorant protesters.
We now live in a society where simply “believing in something” allows you to set aside normal civic decencies. As Robinson wrestled with the placard, a protester smugly cried: “You should be ashamed of yourself, mate.”
Explaining that he wasn’t ashamed, Robinson told the man that he’d had ample opportunity to protest about the war.
Which is exactly the nub of the issue. No one was denying anybody their “rights” but for these agitators that isn't enough. No, they’ve got to have the right to hassle people doing their job, to ram their views at us because it's “important”. And this, despite knowing, in their hearts, that shoving a placard behind a reporter won’t change government policy.
The only rights infringed were Robinson's — and those of the viewing public. When we watch the news we want to watch the news, not a preening bunch of self-elected nobodies parading sanctimoniousness and rudeness for our non-edification.