The only thing this hysteria will achieve is the total alienation of the public
Yesterday Extinction Rebellion (ER) paid a trip to the Treasury and attempted to hose it down with 1,800 litres of fake blood. The plan backfired. Literally. Perhaps having survived too long on vegan sausages, the protesters weren’t strong enough to keep control over their instrument and liquid sprayed all over the streets. Even atheists who were watching might be tempted to conclude it was a sign from God, warning demonstrators that they should cease these mad attacks.
Unfortunately this sort of vandalism, masquerading as environmentalism, shows no signs of going away. Londoners are being warned that for the next two weeks 20,000 eco-warriors will close down different areas, such as the City Airport and Westminster, with 4,000 activists willing to be arrested for the cause. This is part of an international rebellion, taking part in 60 different cities.
ER boasts that it uses “non-violent civil disobedience” to fight climate change, but what’s so “civil” about damaging London’s historical buildings? It’s criminal and hardly in the interests of environmentalism given the energy it will take to clear up the mess.
Through its infantile, disruptive protests, ER is only achieving one thing, and that is the almost total alienation of the public. There are huge numbers of people with concerns about the environment, many of whom are doing their bit to be green, even if that’s just recycling regularly. Now they are caught in the crossfire between government and protesters when they try to go to work.
The more extreme, the better, seems to be the message from ER, whose demands are as bonkers as their hippy outfits – and would be a disaster for Britain. Take, for instance, ER’s desire to reduce greenhouse emissions to net zero by 2025. If politicians seriously aimed to achieve this, it could lead to nationwide meat rationing, the mass seizure of automobiles and whole industries being shutting down.