But perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised, for these are the times in which we live. The old ways are dying out. The rules mean nothing. What other conclusion can there be following the shameful events at a Christian Aid-Liberal Democrat fringe meeting in Bournemouth yesterday, when a protester brandishing handcuffs slapped them on to the wrists of an executive from E.ON - the company promoting the controversial Kingsnorth power station scheme in Kent - only to take them off again after five minutes' barracking from the audience and from the chairman. This is what passes for militancy these days. Sad, really.
My flabber is ghasted.