Sometimes the sound of breaking glass resonates with meaning, however strong one's abhorrence of violence. Such a moment came with the bricks lobbed through the windows of Sir Fred Goodwin's empty Edinburgh property.The rabble rousing anarchist smugly endorsing criminal damage?
People are angry. Every public and political voice calling on him to give back his ill-gotten gains was met with arrogant obduracy. When the law says nothing can be done, a hurled brick has an extra gust of public opinion behind it.
Step forward Polly Toynbee, hugely-salaried 'Guardian' columnist and Italian villa owner.
So this week there will be anger on the streets with antics and theatrics to challenge the moribund political system. What's the point? What can mere protest do? Rouse the listless, alarm the powerful, alert MPs to the possibility that radicalism might be popular. Even if it feels infantile and powerless as spitting in the global wind, doing nothing is no answer either. So be there today.Where will you be, oh champion of the oppressed? Dining at the Ivy, probably...