Stansted protest today - Peaceful direct action is justified
Some businesses and individuals have suffered inconvenience due to having their flights disrupted this morning. But this was a brief, peaceful protest aimed at making a very strong statement against the expansion of Stansted Airport, an expansion which huge numbers of people in this region do not want.
The local authority in Uttlesford has courageously tried to prevent Stansted's expansion, as have many other local authorities; the local group Stop Stansted Expansion have campaigned for years - but the Government are riding roughshod over all of them. The entirely peaceful protesters on the runway this morning are therefore having to make a stand to say No to a second runway at Stansted - and raising awareness of the double standards of the Government allowing another surge in greenhouse gas emissions whilst simultaneously bragging about their policies on manmade climate change.
I (in line with Green Party policy) have always supported peaceful direct action as a last resort to prevent greater wrongs I and will continue to do so where and when it is justified - which in this case it is.