Stuck on Stupid: climate activist tries to superglue himself to UK Prime Minister

Activist tries to superglue himself to Gordon Brown

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 12:57 AM on 23rd July 2008

During these turbulent economic times, Gordon Brown is keen for the country to stick by him.

However, this probably wasn’t quite what he had in mind.

Dan Glass, of the climate change pressure group Plane Stupid, today tried to superglue himself to the Prime Minister at a Downing Street reception.

Stuck on you: Mr Brown with Dan Glass

As Mr Glass, 24, was introduced to the Premier, he laid a glue-covered hand on his sleeve.

He also took the opportunity to urge Mr Brown to change his mind on the Heathrow airport expansion.

Mr Glass told the assembled guests: ‘Do not worry – this is a non-violent protest. We cannot shake away climate change like you can just shake away my arm.’

Mr Glass, who had smuggled pouches of glue into the event in his underwear, added later that Mr Brown laughed off the protest.

‘He was just grinning about it,’ he said. ‘He didn’t seem to take me seriously.’

Mr Glass, an invited guest, was allowed to stay at the reception for 40 minutes after the stunt. When he left, he tried to glue himself to the gates of Downing Street – but had his hand detached by a police officer.

‘I didn’t have much glue left by that point,’ he said.

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Patrick Henry
July 22, 2008 10:22 pm

Good thing he wasn’t a preeminient scientist whose name had been mentioned by Rush Limbuagh. He might not have been treated so courteously.

July 22, 2008 10:45 pm

How much better would the story have been if he had plenty of glue left over to fix his hand on the gate – “had his hand detached by a Police Officer” could have referred to an amputation instead!
At least they’re living up to the name of their group…

July 22, 2008 10:47 pm

Is this a sign that the ecoloons are desperately trying to stay afloat because they sense the house of cards foundation is beginning to shake just a bit? I have never seen such an influx of AGW insanity at this rate in the past few days.

July 22, 2008 11:00 pm

The greens can’t win on scientific merit and today’s OfCon loss proved they can’t win by resorting to bullying in the courts — even with every possible advantage on their side. Now this. They must be desperate.

Jeff B.
July 22, 2008 11:09 pm

Yes, this is desperation.

Michael Hauber
July 22, 2008 11:24 pm

Whats desperation? The actions of the ecoloons, or these articles and blog comments about these ecoloons.
Or both

Mike C
July 22, 2008 11:28 pm

He didn’t have any glue left because he had been sniffing it all night. If you glue yourself to the prime minister then it is a great press stunt to get attention for your cause, but gluing yourself to the gate afterward? Definately a substance abuse issue, being plane stupid is not a legitimate excuse for that one.

July 22, 2008 11:35 pm

Couldn’t resist:
“Global warming and kittens. While it may seem hard to see the connection between the two – a climate phenomenon that melts glaciers and acidifies oceans, and cuddly, 4-ounce balls of fur – experts say there could be one.”

Phillip Bratby
July 22, 2008 11:50 pm

This item says he is a member of Planet Stupid. The BBC attributes hime to Plane Stupid. To which brand of stpidity does he really belong? He appears to have been stupid for a lonf time.

July 22, 2008 11:51 pm

Of the all people NOT to glue yourself to Gordon Brown would No.2 on the list….No.1 being – yes you guessed it …ALGore!

Paul Shanahan
July 22, 2008 11:54 pm

‘He was just grinning about it,’ he said. ‘He didn’t seem to take me seriously.’
I don’t think anyone with a shred of intelligence would have taken this guy seriously! 😀

Evan Jones
July 23, 2008 12:03 am

This is too funny.
(With enemies like this who needs friends?)

Phillip Bratby
July 23, 2008 12:16 am

I think Dan Glass represents Plane Stupid – primarily against expansion of Heathrow Airport and against aviation in general (because it’s the fastest growing cause of climate change). Need I say more!

Hard Rain
July 23, 2008 12:16 am

I wonder if he’ll offer to pay for the dry cleaning? Superglue on a suit jacket can’t be good. Then again, I do wonder about the carbon offsets required to compensate for dry cleaning… not.

Pierre Gosselin
July 23, 2008 2:57 am

A plain ninny.

July 23, 2008 3:23 am

I understand they taste just like chicken.
(I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist either).

Tom in Florida
July 23, 2008 4:16 am

I thought the BBC cancelled Monty Pyton?

Leon Brozyna
July 23, 2008 5:02 am

Sheesh, Mr. Glass. What planet are you from?
You were supposed to put the glue on your right hand and then get a grip!

July 23, 2008 5:12 am

I’m thinking of trying to draw a connection between this post and the hot chicks post over on climate audit.
But I probably won’t. Don’t want to get the mediators upset with me again.

Jeff Paulson
July 23, 2008 5:14 am

Evan –
…and from the AGW POV, with friends like this, who needs enemies?

Dodgy Geezer
July 23, 2008 7:40 am

Your Lordship, Ladies and Gentlemen; a speech!
“Smokey (11:02:25) :
… My hat is off to Fat Bigot, Syl, jeez, Anna Keppa, Bruce Cobb, James, David Hagen, Dodgy Geezer, and the many others above who have effectively demolished the APS apologists’ arguments, far more effectively than I could have done…”
I have only just noticed this comment. For a brief moment I felt elated, until it dawned on me that I had done nothing special whatsoever, and certainly no more than any of the other denizens of this part of the blogosphere, including Smokey. So I respectfully suggest that hats be retained whenever I walk by …
Of course, the people to whom much praise is due (though they will certainly not get it from any official sources) are the people who did actually get off their butts and fight, in some of its darkest days, for the proper application of the scientific method, a principle which has served humanity very well for the past four hundred years or more. Two obvious stars in this firmament are Steve McIntyre and Anthony Watts. Let us hope that better and more fluent speakers than I will heap glory on them when the history of this sorry little episode is written.
However, I cannot let my audience of today leave without paying tribute to the people who, more than anyone else, have ensured that the Global Warming Sceptic cause would flourish. I refer, of course, to the proponents of Global Warming themselves. Where would we be without them?
Consider for a moment what would have happened if Professor Mann had responded to McIntyre and McKitrick’s request for data appropriately, had accepted their criticisms and indicated that this was the best data available at the time – a reasonable explanation. The huge amount of investigative work needed to examine Mann’s work in detail might never have been begun.
What would have happened if the NOAA had listened sympathetically to Anthony Watts when he raised concerns about the USHCN network, and agreed that they would run an immediate audit themselves? A picture is worth a thousand mathematical formulae in certain quarters, and the SurfaceStations album is a powerful indictment of the base data at the heart of the warming hypothesis.
I need hardly mention Hansen, Monbiot and Al Gore, stalwarts of the AGW scene, who can be relied upon to provide appropriate copy whenever this subject is in danger of falling from the headlines. How much harder would our jobs be if our opponents were intelligent, civilised and educated – in a word, gentlemen?
Science must, of course, stand or fall on its own merits. This is a position that I commend, and one which Steve McIntyre, in particular, has rigorously adhered to. But the hearts of many voters and consumers around the world are not driven by detailed consideration of the data. They are driven by perceptions of reasonableness and reaction against oppression – the sort of treatment the APC hands out to perceived heretics is a shining example of this tendency of our opponents to shoot themselves in the foot.
So, My Lord, esteemed Ladies, and honourable Gentlemen, please be upstanding and raise your glasses for the toast:
The Global Warming Industry!

July 23, 2008 7:48 am

Gordon Brown was a committed alarmist. But somehow, despite 24/7 propaganda blaming global warming for everything that goes wrong anywhere in the world, the British public doesn’t buy it, and doesn’t want to have to pay more taxes.

Frank Ravizza
July 23, 2008 8:19 am

I think he’d get tune-up from the Secret Service in the back yard of the White House if he pulled that stunt in the United States.

Bill Marsh
July 23, 2008 8:29 am

OT, but there is a guest weblog at Climate Science that is well worth reading
The thing I found most amazing (flabbergasted really) was this statement in the NCDC response, “We utilize the term “anomaly” to mean anything which departs from the mean (positive or negative). ” Given that ‘definition’ isn’t every measurement an anomaly?
That and the R = .15.. for the temperature plot was of interest. R^2 = .03 meaning the trend presented by NCDC as ‘slightly positive’ over the last 20 years for Kansas City is meaningless.

Evan Jones
July 23, 2008 9:35 am

Dodger: Bottoms up!

Evan Jones
July 23, 2008 9:37 am

I thought the BBC canceled Monty Pyton?
Their main weapon is fear.

July 23, 2008 10:17 am

At last, a technological solution to the real problem. Glue all the AGW’ers together. I like it.

July 23, 2008 10:19 am


David Segesta
July 23, 2008 10:56 am

This one could go in the “Nutty Stories” file.
I suspect that will become a very thick file.

Jack Simmons
July 23, 2008 10:59 am

Well, we have been wishing the AGW crowd would get a grip.

Burch Seymour
July 23, 2008 11:04 am

I thought the BBC canceled Monty Pyton?
Their main weapon is fear.
Fear, and an almost fanatical devotion to AlGore

July 23, 2008 11:20 am

I hope, something was leaking in his underwear.

July 23, 2008 11:41 am

Haha that might have been the dumbest protest strategy I’ve ever heard.

Patrick Henry
July 23, 2008 12:41 pm

Just got an e-mail from British Airways that they are moving over to terminal 5 in October. No mention of glue.

July 23, 2008 12:58 pm

Apologies for an OT question.
Until as recently as March the Argo System was reported as showing that the oceans have been cooling since 2003.
Someone, possibly here, posted a cryptic comment suggesting that anything showing other than warming must be wrong and would be subject to adjustment.
I have just noticed a correction dated 10th July 2008, you can read it here:
It states that the Argo system is biased and will be corrected.
As recently as July 14th Denis Avery was quoting the ARGO cooling data here:
Is the correction genuine? Can someone tell me what is going on?

July 23, 2008 1:17 pm

Be careful; this activist looks like Lenin.

Bill Marsh
July 23, 2008 1:21 pm

I think this is ‘old news’. The original Lyman data showed ‘significant’ cooling and, after identification of biasing was changed to show no increase with a slight statistical cooling since 2005. This change occured in April this year I think

Jeff Alberts
July 23, 2008 1:28 pm

Their main weapon is fear.
Fear, and an almost fanatical devotion to AlGore

And nice red uniforms…. Oh damn!

Bill Gordon
July 23, 2008 1:31 pm

Glue in his underpants? What else was he planning to glue to the PM’s hand?

July 23, 2008 1:46 pm

I don’t know much about the prime minister, but don’t you think calling him stupid in the title is a little harsh?

Retired Engineer
July 23, 2008 2:57 pm

The oceans are not cooling. The models do not allow it. The data will be adjusted. Anyone who disagrees will be glued to Gordon Brown.

July 23, 2008 3:55 pm

No…not the comfy chair

July 23, 2008 4:49 pm

People with Glass surnames shouldn’t glue hands!
And the lesson here is to NEVER PUN AGAIN. |:(

Bill Marsh
July 23, 2008 4:50 pm

I am somewhat curious to see how a warm bias in an instrument equates to a lack of cooling though.

July 23, 2008 5:17 pm

I wonder if he made sure to use glue that wasn’t bad for the environment. Most glues are highly toxic.

July 23, 2008 5:40 pm

I was picnicking round the back of Downing Street today and there was quite a party going on in the gardens with a live band. Sadly, they didn’t play Lionel Richie’s Stuck on You, but we did have Killing Me Softly blasting out into St James’s Park, with the accompanying line, “Strumming my pain with his fingers”. Now we hear those fingers were superglued, it begins to make sense.

July 23, 2008 9:21 pm

I just love the fact that he was hiding the glue in his underpants.
Plus, of course Prime Minister Brown isn’t going to take you seriously if get glue all over his hands!

Barry Kearns
July 24, 2008 10:40 am

> Sheesh, Mr. Glass. What planet are you from? You were supposed to put the glue on your right hand and then get a grip!
Exactly. This should have read “Activist tries to superglue himself to Gordon Brown’s JACKET”. The ridiculous flaw in such a plan, of course, is that the jacket is removable, where even success would have allowed the Prime Minister to “shrug off” the protest by simply taking the jacket off and leaving Mr. Glass dumbfounded and alone, with his hand stuck to a piece of clothing.
Other hand, you doughnut… OTHER HAND!

Spurwing Plover
January 2, 2009 8:22 am


Spurwing Plover
February 15, 2009 1:32 pm

The brains of DAN GLASS must be walnut sized pea sized or even smaller HE JUST PLANE STUPID

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