Bending the knee to the noisy few
Police chiefs, Soccer clubs, universities, politicians:”almost the Whole of Official Britain” genuflected over the Dark Lives Issue protests, ” says Daniel Hannan.However what level of popular support did the anti-statue protesters actually enjoy? Back in Leeds, where a petition calling for the elimination of a statue of Sir Robert Peel was circulated, the local council decided to ?nd out by holding a major public consultation exercise. And guess what? It found that only 10 percent of people desired a rethink of a mere 3% to remove any statues. It is a classic illustration of a principle which has long governed public life: dumb conviction always trumps apathy. It crops up anywhere. Why is most lamb exported from New Zealand halal? Because manufacturers want a single manufacturing line and understand many non-Muslims are not too fussed. However, what makes it even easier today for tiny, but highly committed groups to set the schedule has been the growth of social media, which can be dominated by the zealous. In the event the non-committal bulk wants its voice to be heard in today’s world, it’s going to need to learn how to talk.