As Egypt shuts down the internet and mobile phones, and tear gasses the masses, we should remember Mohamed Bouazizi. His courage, and his despair started this wave of revulsion at a system that requires people to acquire permits to live.
It is spreading across North Africa and the Arab states, but faceless, destructive bureaucracy, and power mad petty officials are not unique to Arab or a North African societies.
I hope our rulers start to look at the way they treat their own people. It is easy to say it is not as bad in England, especially if you are at the top of the heap, but for those on the fringes of society, Mohamed Bouazizi is just another guy trying to survive in a system that had no room for him.
Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen are losing a battle against an illegal fruit and vegetable seller who died 23 days ago. I wonder which Government will be the first to say that Mohamed Bouazizi’s attack is unfair.