Visitor essay by Eric Worrall
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sharply attacked Extinction Insurrection in a speech at a London guide launch.
Boris Johnson assaults local weather change protesters blocking streets
Prime minister urges ‘unco-operative crusties’ to desert ‘hemp-smelling bivouacs’
Camilla Hodgson in London
The UK prime minister’s feedback, made on Monday night, got here hours after 1000’s of demonstrators led by activist group Extinction Insurrection took to the streets of London in addition to greater than 60 cities worldwide, together with Paris, Sydney and Toronto, in what they billed as the beginning of a two-week “October revolution”.
Mr Johnson made the feedback on Monday whereas talking at a guide launch for a biography of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, whom he mentioned had warned about local weather change. He mentioned he had been suggested to not attend the occasion, since “unco-operative crusties” had been “littering” the roads.
“I hope that after we exit from this place tonight and we’re waylaid by importunate nose-ringed local weather change protesters, we remind them that she was additionally proper about greenhouse gases.”
Labour peer Andrew Adonis referred to as the prime minister a “whole shame” for spending the night making dismissive feedback on the guide launch whereas Brexit was at “crunch level”. Politicians together with shadow chancellor John McDonnell, Inexperienced occasion MP Caroline Lucas and Labour MP Clive Lewis voiced their help for Extinction Insurrection protesters.
Learn extra: https://www.ft.com/content material/ea02f806-e994-11e9-85f4-d00e5018f061
Its a disgrace Boris Johnson is such a inexperienced. His authorities may disagree with Extinction Insurrection’s strategies, however it largely helps their targets.
The Boris Johnson authorities has dedicated Britain to 100% clear power by 2050, although to be truthful the UK authorities can also be making giant investments in nuclear fusion analysis. As everyone knows sensible nuclear fusion energy has been simply 20 years away for the reason that 1970s.
Legendary British PM Margaret Thatcher, for all the great she did, was a big advocate of local weather motion. Her 1989 UN speech urging local weather motion helped elevate worldwide consciousness. Thatcher arrange the Hadley Centre, one of many UK’s main local weather analysis facilities.