Iranian ones were beyond reproach when they stamped their petulant little feet at the re-election of Ahmadinejad, for good or ill, by persons other than the North Tehran Trendies who alone are entitled to an opinion, including a vote.
But now, they have stormed the British Embassy because of our outrageous economic action against their country at the behest of a state which steals our citizens' identities in order to commit acts of international terrorism, ran a pirate foreign policy out of the office of our former Defence Secretary, and maintains the world's only threat of a nuclear attack upon a non-nuclear state.
A non-nuclear state with more women than men at university, with the most acclaimed cinema in the world, with better provision for small parties and for Independents than exists in many a United State of America, and with reserved parliamentary representation for Jews and for ancient indigenous Christians; in Israel, by contrast, the party of the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister seeks to denaturalise both the ultra-Orthodox Jews (as those in Iran would be classified) and the ancient indigenous Christians.
Tiny upper-middle-class children demonstrated against the hunting ban. A few years later, upper-middle-class teenagers demonstrated against the Iraq War. Do a little bit of mental arithmetic. They were right on both occasions. But you would never have guessed that from the wholly different ways in which they were treated both by the police and by the press. Plus ça change.