It seems perfectly clear to me. All the Tory government has to do to end the Extinction Rebellion protests is take action to halt the planetary harm that causes climate change.
Face it: the disruption to the lives of Londoners that is happening at the moment is tiny, compared to the disruption that will happen to everybody – and I mean everybody – if oblivious fat cat industrialists aren’t forced to stop thinking about their profits and start thinking about the planet.
Instead, Sajid Javid has said he wants police to use the “full force of the law” to stop the protests across the UK’s capital.
Why? Is that going to end the threat of climate change, then? Does he think if we can’t see anybody protesting about it, the problem will go away?
What about Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who said, “We’ve got the message”? Has he? What is he doing about it, then?
What about Claire “Bag of Air” Perry, the energy and climate change minister, who said she could not see that “disrupting one of world’s busiest transport systems … blocking emergency routes and making life difficult for so many is going to build consensus and support for the changes we need”? What legislation has she put forward to ensure those changes happen?
Emma Thompson has the right idea.
The movie actress has flown back to London from Hollywood to become an Extinction Rebellion protester herself.
She made a short video to explain her reasons:
And she’s absolutely right; there is no ‘Planet B’ for us if a few greedy rich people ruin this one.
She’s got the message – it’s Michael Gove who hasn’t, even though he’ll say it until he’s blue in the face (not much change there, then).
Here’s another person who’s got the message – Jonathan Pie:
Again, he targeted Michael Gove. Rightly.
If Gove had got the message, he would have swung Tory policy into reverse and actually started making a difference today – and never mind the fact that it’s right in the middle of the Easter holidays; I don’t think the sixth mass extinction event respects UK government timetables.
But he hasn’t got the message. He’s sitting on his thumbs somewhere, dreaming about being the next useless Tory prime minister.
And Sajid Javid’s “full force of the law”?
In case he hasn’t noticed, the “full force of the law” is a lot less forceful than it was when his leaderene Theresa May took over as Home Secretary in 2010.
If he throws the “full force” of a few hundred tired and demoralised Met police officers at a few thousands protesters, he’ll only make everybody angry – especially when the pictures get shown on TV (or more likely, on the social media).
And then there’ll be a few thousand more protesters for him to handle.
How many will it take before he – and the rest of them – finally realise they’re not going to win, and that it’s better all round to help?
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