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The elitism lurking at the heart of the green movement

Brendan O'Neill, The Spectator

There’s a movement in the UK that is trying to block the building of essential new council housing. It is also agitating to stop the opening of a new coal mine, which would deprive working men and women of a good, honest way to make a living.

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What is this movement? A neo-Thatcherite organisation, perhaps, hell-bent on finishing Maggie’s task of putting coal miners out of work and shrinking social housing? A bunch of aristocrats and toffs, maybe, who are sick of their leafy living areas being swarmed by council-house residents and the precious countryside being blighted by such ghastly things as mines and factories?

Nope, it’s environmentalists. It’s greens. It’s those eco-warriors who pose as super-progressive and claim to care about people. Right now, these supposedly planet-loving agitators are calling for less council housing and fewer jobs for coal miners, and we really couldn’t have asked for a better illustration of the elitism that lurks at the heart of the green movement.

Islington council in London is currently trying to build a six-storey block that would provide 25 ‘desperately needed’ council homes. But is is being blocked by eco-protesters who — get this — want to protect a few old trees that stand on the proposed site for the block.At every green demo I’ve ever observed most of the attendees have been quite plummy

Some of the middle-class crusties who have been digging tunnels to block the construction of the HS2 railway line have now turned their attention to the evils of council housing. They have dug tunnels at the site of Islington’s new council block in order to save ‘seven mature trees’. Their tunnels was discovered by police yesterday. The greens have been living on the site for four months.

Just think about that. These people are so determined to block the construction of vital homes for less well-off people that they are prepared to dig tunnels and live outside for months on end in the freezing cold. All to save some trees. Guys, there are millions of trees in the country. What there aren’t millions of, sadly, are good-quality council homes for people who need them.

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