Posted on Oct 17, 2019
Through their continued disruptive action, Extinction Rebellion’s so-called “activists” are doing more to undermine public opinion on the need to address climate change than all the politicians, journalists, and phoney academics who are paid handsomely to deny anthropogenic global warming put together, writes Gary Cartwright.
Having worked in politics for a British political party that, being instinctively contrarian, rejected any suggestion of human input into the climate situation, I am more aware than most of the spurious, indeed often ridiculous arguments put forward by such people in order to deny the problem.
Many such politicians do actually believe their own arguments, however many are simply paid to table legislative amendments, to make speeches, or to put their names to articles produced by lobbying firms who will generally represent major players in the oil and gas sector. This problem is far worse than the public might imagine.
I occasionally managed to turn MEPs around, and to influence their voting on climate issues. Its not much, but I like to think I made at least a small impact.
However, the behaviour of Extinction Rebellion has no positive impact whatsoever, and is inexcusable on every level.
Londoners going about their lawful business have every right to expect the Metropolitan Police to uphold the law, and if necessary to use appropriate force in order to stop these illegal actions from taking place.
I fully understand the actions of commuters at Canning Town station this morning in pulling protesters off the roofs of trains. However, I utterly deplore the actions of the few who physically attacked those pulled to the ground. The forces of law and order should apply the full force of the law to those filmed kicking a man on the ground - a cowardly and despicable act - as to the activists who disrupted and placed at risk the safety of innocent men, women, and children.
In the context of the current absence of effective policing in London, it is highly likely that we will see the public increasingly taking matters into their own hands.
This morning’s events should be a wake up call for the police, and especially for the inept Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick.
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