"Despicable." "Shameful." "Needless rioting." This is what we’re hearing about the amazing feats of Wednesday afternoon, when protesters finally used harmless tactics that made everyone sit up and give a damn.

Yet Aaron Porter was one of the people using such patronising language. Just as thousands of people converged on Millbank to execute something effective for once, we heard him tell the rally, "We’re in the fight of our lives. We face an unprecedented attack on our future before it has even begun."

When asking yourself how you feel about the actions people took, remember: if you weren’t there, you’re being told a story by politicians – people who have a vested interest in effecting no change whatsoever and demonising those who step outside the dance of words which are screwing up what’s actually happening in real life.

It’s not the Millbank participants who fail to represent the feelings of the student community at large - it’s these mouthpieces. Porter and his ilk, along with established newspaper reporters and columnists, have no choice but to keep in step with the government’s official sentiment if they want to keep their positions of flabby-minded complacency.

"Condemning" the Millbank actions is tantamount to the Conservative Home blog post that Lady Warsi’s remaining inside on the phone was an example of "blitz spirit". Because, clearly, needlessly whimpering in fear of rightfully outraged students who had no thought of bodily harm is the same as Londoners braving Nazi bombardments to keep vital services running.

Let’s review the course of events: during the rally, thousands of marchers forewent the predictable speeches, ones which repeated the same rhetoric telling us to follow up this moving day with writing feeble letters to MPs. Instead, we chose to damage property, occupy the building – putting my rear on a sofa in the lobby was exhilarating – and emerge on the roof. After startling a few staff members, we left.

Now let’s review the outcome: most immediately, we’ve created job stimulus – the broken windows mean someone will get paid for repairing them.

This protest, instead of being a footnote blip in the news cycle, is getting the attention it deserves.

Ignore the message of "Don’t forget, children (since that’s all you are) – direct action is a perverted thing committed by a tiny, freak fringe of filth, and not at all what good little students do! Yes, direct action, tsk tsk, doesn’t accomplish diddly squat!" – except, of course, when it shows the world just how much you mean what you’re saying.