In the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” Earth is destroyed by the Vogon forces in order to make way for an intergalactic bypass.
This information was published well in advance, and all you had to do to protest was travel to Alpha Centauri and look at the plans (which were as far as I recall without having the book in front of me) that lie in a locked room in a cellar somewhere. So, with the information out there, there was no excuse for Earth to whine when the demolition crew turned up.
I am reminded about this when I hear that this country has an election today. It must have been a very secret election, because I certainly haven’t heard about it. Reports say that turnout has been so low that many districts have struggled to reach double-digit turnout. When I asked Auntie if she had voted, she didn’t know there was an election today.
The election was about choosing Police Commissioners and Crime Commissioners. In its infinite wisdom, the Coalition government, in a bout of localist fervour, decided earlier that the plebs…. sorry citizens… should vote for their top police leaders, and that is what the election today has been about.
Then they apparently put the information about the election in a room, behind a locked door, in a cellar, on a planet orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system. So I expect that when someone protests, they’ll remark like the Vogons did that the information was published.