I was about to write 'Makes you appreciate how lucky and free we are in this country', but remember Daniel's post yesterday, as per your link below. Maybe I should write 'Makes you appreciate how lucky and free SOME OF US are in this country'.
Yeah Rob. Quite right. You always have to remember that politics, hence politicians, hence our elected government is about numbers of voters. While many of us vote with a conciencse, obviously many don't, both here and in Iran.