However, in the case of the Trump visit, it feels as though the expression of the majority view is being actively suppressed and a pretence that “everything is fine” is being effortfully and expensively enforced by the state. Not to the point where the media are on board, thank god.

The actual majority, or the vocal majority?
I don’t know anyone who actually cares one way or the other about his visit and certainly not the extent to get angry about it and try and reverse the decision, etc.