There are a number of significant occasions when 'the people' have tried to change their government's mind – either peacefully or by violence. They have contributed to the growth of freedom and democracy in Britain.
These have included:
The Middle Ages – the Peasants' Revolt, Cade's Rebellion, the Cornish Rebellion.
Early Modern age – the Pilgrimage of Grace, the Northern Rebellion, the Gunpowder Plot, the Jacobite Rebellions.
The 19th century – the Luddites, the Pentrich Rebellion and the Swing Riots, the campaign over the slave trade, the Combination Acts, the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the New Poor Law and Chartism.