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Sean O'Grady The strange case of Mark Field shows political violence is on the rise

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21.06.2019

What does the incident involving Mark Field and a protester at the Mansion House tell us about the state of our politics? I think it is a symptom of something disquieting, for there is a creeping, insidious tendency towards more intrusive, personal and, potentially, violent protests being undertaken in the name of causes that people feel are of such transcendent importance that they justify extreme measures – and, as has been discussed today in the response to those protests too.

These inflammatory political causes are, of course, Brexit (both for and against) and the climate change emergency. It feels, with both of these issues, as though we are edging towards a more violent culture. There is a difference between legitimate and illegitimate protest just as there is between legitimate and illegitimate methods of policing it, and we seem to be getting a bit confused about such distinctions.

As in the Mansion House, so far as can be seen, the protesters were purposely physically intrusive. Rather than waving placards outside the venue they........

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