“ENOUGH is enough.” This is a phrase that echoes day after day, not only within that section of our society that has known different values but also within a large section of the younger generation that is striving to cope with ever-increasing demands on their efforts to become a meaningful part of our future society. “Why do we not protest?” asks Mr Quarmby (Mailbag February 18).

We don’t protest Mr Quarmby – in the sense of meaning to dissent or reject – we moan, grumble and complain! We slag off governments, religions, media, financial and educational institutions, European Union legislation, human rights, parenting, immigration and anyone or anything else we can blame. But we don’t do anything about it.

Not all parts of the system are wrong of course, and a major problem is to agree on what to protest about, bearing in mind that there are many that have interest in maintaining the status quo. Indeed, I would suggest that within our rapidly developing three-class society there are proportionately fewer to protest.

The privileged – most of who profit enormously from the remainder – have neither need nor desire to protest and a growing proportion of the ‘debatably’ underprivileged wouldn’t dream of protesting; why would they derail the gravy train?

As for the rest, they require an influential ‘champion’; but where, within the sleaze and corruption you express, does such inspirational leadership come from? And here we must be careful of what might emerge, for many ‘influential’ leaders, past and present, have become fanatics who have done anything but improve our society.

Three cheers for your sentiment, however; our nation has become too tolerant and ‘enough really is enough’. I’m sure that many would protest if only they knew how.

B Farrand