Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases. Leaflet.

Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases. Leaflet.

A 24-hour news culture doesn’t always lend itself to putting things in context. But blogging can be usefully reflective and I’m still struggling to answer questions thrown up by Lindis Percy’s talk on ‘The Right to Protest’ (see also previous post on Menwith)…

Lindis Percy is most famous for climbing up the gates of Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 8th. November, 2003. How and why did this trained nurse, midwife and health visitor find herself doing such a thing?

Like some other activist grandmothers such as Helen John , Sylvia Boyes and Joan Meredith – she sees a clear and terrible contradiction in the world. Whilst some of us (particularly women) spend much of our time  creating and protecting the lives of future generations, others are busy nuturing a new nuclear arms race. That’s my understanding of Percy’s Bush protest at any rate. Pretty basic, I suppose. Outrage.

Percy’s involvement with Menwith Hill is fuelled by questions about this military base near Harrogate. Starting with “Why is Menwith Hill called an RAF base when there isn’t a runway there and it seems to be American?”).

In her recent talk, Percy grappled with two more fundamental questions:

Firstly: “Is there a legal right to protest?”

and secondly: “To what extent is protest protected in the U.K. as a right at all?”

Finding answers to these questions seems like a huge challenge for all of us. (For more see my next post on this topic: “The Right to Protest, Menwith Hill and Lindis Percy” and the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases)