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Tories call this terrorism: if enough people realise the threat of climate apocalypse caused by their policies, it might affect their profits.

On the weekend when the Doctor Who episode was about the dangers of ignoring climate change, the Conservative government is trying to ignore it.

Priti Patel defended the decision to order police to include climate activist group Extinction Rebellion on a list of extremist groups.

XR has threatened legal action after it was revealed it had been placed on a list of ideologies that should be reported to the authorities running the Prevent anti-radicalisation programme to prevent terrorism. Police now say that was an error.

Sir Peter Fahy, who was head of Prevent from 2010 to 2015, subsequently said such categorisations risked Prevent losing confidence from communities.

But Ms Patel said: “Everything has to be based and calibrated upon risk.

“They’re obviously a protest organisation. But everything has to be based in terms of risk to the public, security risks, security threats. That is based on information from the police, and various intelligence that we will receive

“That’s the proper thing to do. You develop your policy approach accordingly.”

So she thinks the “proper thing to do” is to marginalise a group that campaigns peacefully for our continued survival, lumping it in with terrorists.

Labour’s Keir Starmer took time off from kowtowing to the Board of Deputies of British Jews to say something sensible about this.

He said: “It’s completely wrong and counterproductive to describe Extinction Rebellion as an ‘extreme ideology’.

““Climate change is a real and present danger that requires an immediate policy response.”

I think Ms Patel has delivered that response.

The Tories don’t want to even acknowledge climate change because such a long-term threat gets in the way of their short-term profits.

It has been said that Boris Johnson has been warned off discussing climate change because that might jeopardise the trade deal he wants to do with Donald Trump – at a huge disadvantage to the UK.

I guess it’s nice to know who your national leader answers to.

His “scorched Earth” policy means he wants the whole planet to go beyond the point of no return and into climate apocalypse but – hey! – that’s what the UK voted for.

Source: Patel defends police over Extinction Rebellion inclusion on extremist list | Environment | The Guardian

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