I do love a good protest. It really spices up even a fairly pedestrian speech. So I was gratified to see that this week’s visit by the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Daniel Ayalon, attracted the requisite complement of screaming protesters outside the gate. “Free Free Palestine, occupation is a crime”, they chanted, while Ayalon’s bodyguards stood impassively. Unfortunately there were only three or four protestors, and they all looked about fifteen, so they came across more comical than scary. The Sri Lankan protestors last year were much better.