So there are lots of protests at the moment. I thought I'd answer (in a non-partisan-ish way) some of the dafter questions I've seen.
"Where were you when..."
I'm not sure, actually. Maybe I was asleep or on the loo or reading articles about things. I can't be everywhere all the time. Humans have limited time, energy and money.
If I protested everything that went wrong then I would probably be criticised as a rent-a-protestor. I would also be broke and starving.
Some people care about badgers. Some people care about refugees. Some people care about the NHS. Some people care about climate change, or the closure of libraries or the arrest of reporters or bombing other countries or fathers' access to their children or neglected soldiers or firms shutting down and making people redundant.
It's possible to care about all of these and more but it isn't practical to attend everything.
"So-and-so did this thing that was similar but not quite as bad. Why didn't you protest that?"
See above. Everyone has their limits, thresholds and priorities. You have to start somewhere. No one is born into the world waving a placard.
Plus, it's entirely possible some people did protest it and you just didn't notice.
"This is an echo-chamber."
If it was an echo-chamber then I wouldn't hear you calling it an echo-chamber.
"You are protesting against democracy/a democratic decision."
Democracy doesn't stop when you've posted your ballot. Democracy carries on all the time. It continues in conversations, in committees, in articles, in meetings, in consultations and local elections and EU elections and by-elections and Police Commissioner elections and marches and protests and purchases and lobbying and pressure groups and petitions. A vote for one candidate is just tiny one part of that. We aren't protesting against a democratic decision, we are taking active part in democracy.
"You are being sanctimonious."
No-one goes and stands in the cold and rain and maybe the dark to feel sanctimonious when they can do that sitting at home in the warm on a computer. You take part in direct action because you feel you can't *not*.
"Why do you even bother?"
Why do you even bother asking why we even bother? Why are you bothered that we're bothered, if, according to you, we aren't supposed to bother?
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