Delingpole: Why Is Boris Johnson Allowing Eco-Fascists to Run Riot in Britain?

Extinction Rebellion, ‘swarming roadblocks’. DAVID HOLT [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

James Delingpole points out that British police are not only failing to stop illegal acts by deep green protestors, in many cases they are facilitating the efforts of the protestors to perform illegal acts.

Delingpole: Why Is Boris Johnson Allowing Eco-Fascists to Run Riot in Britain?

17 Feb 2020

Extinction Rebellion vandals are digging up the lawns outside Cambridge’s grandest college Trinity and have blocked one of the roundabouts near the city centre.

Why aren’t the police arresting them? Why should taxpayers have to pay for the damage done? And what does this say about the future of Britain under a green tyranny where hardcore environmental activists and the Boris Johnson administration appear to have formed an alliance in opposition to the British people?

Here are the scenes in Cambridge today, dodgy anarchists wearing the fashionable Extinction Rebellion hat, digging up Cambridge’s manicured lawns under the rainbow flag.

Shockingly, almost unbelievably, instead of clearing away Extinction Rebellion’s makeshift roadblock, the local police have actually chosen to formalise the protest by using their own ’emergency police powers’ to close roads officially. Buses have been diverted. ‘Pedestrians and cyclists will not be affected’, the Cambridge Police Twitter account tells us primly and with, perhaps, a hint of relish at being able to participate in this orgy of environmental virtue-signalling.

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The story of Hamas’ takeover of Gaza provides an interesting possible explanation of why Extinction Rebellion eco-extremists are so keen on roadblocks.

As soon as Hamas took over, one of the first things they started doing is directing traffic and enforcing parking laws.

Why would a group of religious fanatics care about parking and traffic rules? The reason – when residents of Gaza got used to obeying the terrifying, heavily armed Hamas “traffic wardens”, they accepted the authority of Hamas to tell them what to do. And once everyone accepted the authority of their new rulers, the takeover was complete.

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Eric Mcoo
February 17, 2020 10:05 pm

That’s because global warming is non negotiable. That includes prime ministers and police. Even to Boris who ridiculed global warming in 2015.

Apart from Trump who isn’t a politician.

Reply to  Eric Mcoo
February 17, 2020 11:46 pm

What Goreball warming? The natural recovery from the LIA?

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Eric Mcoo
February 17, 2020 11:54 pm

Even if one believes there are 10 years to ‘fundamentally change economies’, whatever that means, what the British Government does or doesn’t do is irrelevant.

Reply to  Chris Hanley
February 18, 2020 12:08 am

Yes but apparently it makes you sleep better at night knowing you did some futile thing and that makes your latte taste better when you catch up with friends at the vegan cafe.

Reply to  LdB
February 18, 2020 12:20 am

Latte? Vegan cafe?

Surely any vegan worth their salt would be drinking unfiltered rainwater in an unheated mud hut or cave, not coffee with (animal) milk shipped in from Central/South America, Africa, or Asia?

Anything else would expose their hypocrisy.

Bryan A
Reply to  Redge
February 18, 2020 12:21 pm

They’re making them with Almond Milk now

Reply to  Redge
February 18, 2020 6:43 pm

How do you milk an Almond?

Bryan A
Reply to  Redge
February 18, 2020 8:20 pm

You need a thimble, a microscope, and a pair of straight needle tweezers.

Reply to  LdB
February 18, 2020 2:28 am

“apparently it makes you sleep better at night”

…. or wet the bed less ??

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  LdB
February 18, 2020 4:42 am

I think that’s actually “half caramel, half vanilla latte, decaf espresso heated only to 100° with nonfat milk and caramel drizzle on top” for most of these bozos.

Reply to  Michael S. Kelly
February 18, 2020 7:35 am

Maybe my coffee hasn’t kicked in yet, but the first time I read that, I saw “camel drizzle”.

Reply to  Michael S. Kelly
February 18, 2020 10:34 am

Definitely can’t be decaf . . . .
“Large quantities of water soaked coffee beans fall through 150 foot sealed silos filled with highly pressurised CO2 to remove the caffeine.”

Reply to  Chris Hanley
February 18, 2020 1:04 am

… ‘fundamentally change economies’ …

They used to talk about that stuff on the English language version of ‘Radio Moscow’ during the 1970s.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Chris Hanley
February 18, 2020 2:06 am

“fundamentally change economies”, is eco-Socialist speak for take over the World, abolish wealth creating & producing Capitalism, create & establish a One-World Globul guvment, a’la EU, run by unelected, undemocratic, unaccountable, & unsackable, buearucrats! Simples! The logical lefty philosophy, if you can’t do it by fair means,……… it by foul means, whatever it takes! They don’t care what they destroy, whether it be democracy (they don’t believe in it anyway), property, peoples lives (they don’t care much about those either, as history shows), entirte ways of life, etc. They seek to destroy all before them & in good Socilaist belief, proceed to replace it with its own versions of what it’s just destroyed! Nice people, as history shows, Socialsim has no regard for Humans life ot the environment, they are merely expediencies for the greater good!

David Chappell
Reply to  Chris Hanley
February 18, 2020 6:54 am

Milk? Vegan?

Reply to  Eric Mcoo
February 18, 2020 12:24 am

It’s not about the environment, it’s about totalitarian, anti free speech Marxists seizing the entire energy sector of the economies of the West
And if you control all energy production, you control everything.

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Reply to  Wally
February 18, 2020 5:44 am

Wally wrote:
“It’s not about the environment, it’s about totalitarian, anti free speech Marxists seizing the entire energy sector of the economies of the West
And if you control all energy production, you control everything.”

Absolutely correct Sir!

Best personal regards, Allan

By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., July 19, 2019

By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., September 20, 2019

George Lawson
Reply to  Eric Mcoo
February 18, 2020 12:57 am

So what will be the state of the nation in 20 years time?

Reply to  Eric Mcoo
February 18, 2020 6:09 am

“Shockingly, almost unbelievably, instead of clearing away Extinction Rebellion’s makeshift roadblock, the local police have actually chosen to formalise the protest by using their own ’emergency police powers’ to close roads officially. Buses have been diverted. ‘Pedestrians and cyclists will not be affected’, the Cambridge Police Twitter account tells us primly and with, perhaps, a hint of relish at being able to participate in this orgy of environmental virtue-signalling.”
– James Delingpole

The Calgary Police did the same thing last week, aiding and protecting the Klimate Kriminals who blocked a main road into the downtown. This is most unusual conduct for the Calgary Police Service, who are probably the most brutal and violent police force in the western world.

Severe beatings of civilians by Calgary cops are routine for failing to immediately obey their commands. Then the cops charge the victims with assault, and lie with impunity about the event.

In 2016 and again in 2018 Calgary cops shot ~10 civilians, mostly unarmed young adults. This despite a formal inquiry in 2017 that recommended that the cops needed “better training” to reduce the needless cop-slaughter of Calgary’s young citizens.

Remarkably, a civilian is ~10 times more likely to be shot and killed by a Calgary cop than a cop in the USA, and the USA routinely has armed civilians. whereas our civilians are unarmed, polite and have a Pavlovian-apology-reflex… “Sorry… Sorry… Sorry…” .

At a minimum, Calgary cops should be trained to say “Sorry” when they shoot an unarmed civilian. After all, “Manners maketh man.”

Linda Goodman
Reply to  Eric Mcoo
February 18, 2020 7:12 pm

It’s the foundation of a nightmare eco-techno-feudalist world government and it will be non-negotiable if this is not exposed. Most people know it’s a fraud but believe it’s just about money from thin air because NO media dares to expose its true purpose, including James Delingpole, and silence will be the end of liberty and justice for all. Only the truth shall make us free.

Carbon: 6 protons, 6 neutrons, 6 electrons.

Bryan A
February 17, 2020 10:10 pm

Come on UK, Public Ridicule will work wonders…peer pressure will make them fold. Surround them with Yellow Vests and Point and Laugh.
Works well for Flashers as well

Harry Passfield
Reply to  Bryan A
February 18, 2020 1:42 am

In the UK at the present time if you stood round pointing and ridiculing this mob the police would arrest you for a hate crime.

Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 18, 2020 2:35 am

Harry Passfield

I’m amazed that on a site as chock full of intelligent people as WUWT, that when the obvious slaps us in the face we fail to see it.

The Police are allowing xr to dig their own grave, literally in this case.

If Cops went in heavy handed it would be a PR bloodbath with xr screaming Police Brutality. They are deliberately provoking the Police to do it. Thankfully, unlike Macron’s Police Force, British Cops are doing a ‘hands off’ exercise, and it’s working very well.

Go onto Twitter and Facebook. So far I haven’t found a single comment supporting xr.

And the fact is, that with technologies nowadays it’s easy to photograph and identify the perpetrators. Then, when the PR and media machine has ground to a halt there will be a lot of surprised activists when a couple of Cops turn up on their doorstep to charge them with a variety of offences. Never heard of, or seen by the press, and entirely peaceful as these people aren’t very brave when they’re not surrounded by their mates, and especially not in front of their curtain twitching neighbours.

There were a number of arrests made during the London xr demonstrations, but no one saw them happening, did they? Well, a few in the early days perhaps. No pitched battles, no riot shields, just a few Cops dancing and skateboarding in the street.

The spotlight is now on xr for the destruction and disruption they are perpetrating. No one likes it and by definition, no one likes them.

They will exit stage left the same way they arrived, by PR, but not theirs.

Reply to  HotScot
February 18, 2020 6:00 am

These are all PR events. The best way to fight it is to show old timers or groundskeepers weeping that the lawns had been destroyed (we know the English do love their gardens), or to discuss how children couldn’t get to school and ambulances couldn’t get to the hospital.

Everyone secretly despises the XR types. Don’t want to make them appear sympathetic.

Reply to  HotScot
February 18, 2020 7:19 am

HS, my friend, I sincerely hope you are correct … that this “movement” will eventually peter-out from public scorn. The same law enforcement tactic is used here in the USA regarding ANTIFA. Despite ANTIFA being more guerrilla in their tactics, the police choose containment over confrontation.

I believe the moment this modern-day police tactic started was at the 1968 Democrat Convention in Chicago. Where the police ran riot on the rioters, by orders of Mayor Daley. Images of split hippie skulls didn’t play so well on the telly, and engendered more sympathy for the protestors than the “establishment”.

Perhaps because I am so cowed by seeing the SFPD block off Market Street, and clear City Hall Plaza for every assorted fringe group of protestors … this doesn’t surprise me. One group that effectively marginalized itself into irrelevance here in the SF Bay Area is GLAAD. The gay-rights group was fond of unfurling banners on the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges … thus snarling morning rush hour traffic into a motionless pile of auto frustration. This tactic received NO positive reviews … only public scorn.

My ONE hope is that someone in government is taking names and addresses of the group and individuals … and will file suit in the civil courts for recompense. Best to use the Law … and $$$ … to counter these protests and protestors. Yes, I expect few of these cretins have any money to pay … but nonetheless … civil judgements HAVE to be made on behalf of the taxpayer.

Reply to  Kenji
February 18, 2020 8:21 am

Antifa can only function under the protection of Democrat politicians. That’s why we see them in Portland, Berkeley/Oakland, and NYC. We’ve seen iterations of this in the past. Irish, Italian, and Jewish gangs in NYC, Boston, and Chicago allied with corrupt politicians.

Reply to  Kenji
February 18, 2020 8:31 am


The UK laboured on with confrontation until the 80’s when we had the miners strike. The Police took a PR tanking because they were filmed by conveniently placed BBC crews when trouble kicked off and there were pitched battles.

What the BBC didn’t show were the potatoes with razors embedded in the being hurled at the police, in amongst the bricks and bottles. Nor the bags of urine and human faeces being thrown.

They also missed the fences ripped down and the metal poles used as javelins and lances. The only protection the Cops had (eventually) was a line of 5′ polycarbonate shields they could cower behind. No protective clothing other than a cork helmet (and some of us only had cloth caps) and the only offensive item was a wooden truncheon about 18″ long.

We did have the Mounted Police but the horses had no protection and they were only used for dividing a crowd. Even so, the horses flanks were slashed at with knives and bottles. I think that’s the bit that made me most angry.

Since then the Police have used a number of tactics including Kettling; simply dividing crowds into small groups and confining them to a small area for, sometimes, hours. But of course there were complaints of no toilet facilities and no water or sustenance! Another PR disaster.

So now the tactic is completely hands off and use the PR machine to their advantage. I note that today there has been at least one arrest for the vandalism yesterday. Out of the public view and with no fuss or bad press.

Meanwhile the Cambridge public are absolutely livid at xr for what they did. There might be a reception party waiting for them the next time they visit somewhere.

Reply to  Kenji
February 18, 2020 12:15 pm

Hi HotScot my friend,

Here is a great project for your retirement:

Organize a “flying squad” of football hooligans in each city, to deal expeditiously with XR thugs. It’s time that the hooligans put their efforts to constructive use, for the benefit of the pubic.

This could be done independently, as a public service to speed up the local commute. I suggest paying the hooligans in pints down the pub – “bitter-based crowd funding”.

The good people of Canning Town showed admirable restraint in dealing with the XR thugs, especially considering one of the XR cowards kicked one of the locals in the face.

That restraint should be a model for future activities by the flying squads. Go get ’em!

Problem solved – a low-cost, quick and effective, locally-sourced, low-carbon solution! 🙂


Where are Britain’s renowned football hooligans when you need them the most?

The climate change scam was never about the climate – it was always a false-front for totalitarian political objectives – elitist total control of me and you.

XR thugs are the modern version of Hitler’s brown-shirts. Wouldn’t you like to have a crack at them?

C’mon lads – Make XR thugs an endangered species!

Reply to  HotScot
February 18, 2020 7:39 am

I’d like to think you are correct HotScot, but I’ve yet to find a politician smart enough to conceive of and pull off a plan that complex.

Reply to  MarkW
February 18, 2020 8:16 am


If I figured it out, it ain’t complicated, even for a politician. 🙂

Bryan A
Reply to  MarkW
February 18, 2020 8:22 pm

You’re right, it ain’t complicated…until a politician gets their grubby hands on it

Reply to  HotScot
February 18, 2020 7:40 am

So you’re saying that it’s a PR problem for the police to prevent anarchists from messing up people’s lives and wrecking stuff, but not a PR problem for the police to harass people for what they post on Twitter?

The British police have a huge PR problem, and that problem is that they’re enforcing anarcho-tyranny by protecting criminals from their victims while harassing the rest of the population for the smallest infraction of some crazy law.

Reply to  MarkG
February 18, 2020 8:15 am


I’m talking about this specific group, xr.

I have my views on the Twitter Police. They have just taken a PR slaughtering in the courts because someone took exception to their Twitter snooping.

But it has nothing to do with this.

Reply to  MarkG
February 18, 2020 8:27 am

“I’m talking about this specific group, xr.”

So am I. Only the professionally offended would be upset at seeing them get dragged away by the cops. Just look at the treatment they got from commuters a few weeks ago.

Normal people do not support anarcho-tyranny, because they’re the ones who are being attacked by it.

Reply to  MarkG
February 18, 2020 10:59 am


When the MSM are hungry for a story of Police brutality they are ruthless. See my comment above where I have experienced it.

Bearing in mind, the BBC adore xr.

The cops are nicking them. They just use facial recognition technology and ‘super spotters’ then at their leisure visit their homes and nick them in front of the curtain twitching neighbours.

All nice and quite, they lose the battle, but win the war.

Reply to  HotScot
February 18, 2020 9:02 am

Exactly. Black Lives Matter thought it would be a good idea here in SoCal to block the 405. That is a legendarily bad and busy freeway that they blocked near LAX, an always busy airport. The backlash was immediate, and virulent. To stop a Southern Californian’s car is a declaration of war and the movement has has been ridiculed ,sputtered and gone into the background here.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  HotScot
February 18, 2020 1:50 pm

Hotscot: As much as I very much enjoy your postings I was in some discomfort to think that you would put me down as someone who hadn’t thought that the game with XR was like a game of chess. I do like to think, immodestly, that I might be counted among some of the ‘chock-full intelligent people’ here at WUWT, so, yes, whilst I can agree, to some extent, with your theories on how to deal with XR, there are times when the rule of law has to be upheld. Bluffing against the law can have long-term consequences – sometimes called ‘precedents’.
BTW: Afraid I’ve managed to stay off Twitter and FB so my ignorance of current affairs in those realms is lacking.

Dave Ward
Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 18, 2020 2:41 am

There’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon:

However, the Supreme Court will probably side with the police…

Gerry, England
Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 18, 2020 5:44 am

Not if you were ridiculing Christians or Jews they wouldn’t.

If you an ordinary person in the UK then the police are not on your side and can no longer be trusted. They even dress like paramilitaries from a third rate dictatorship these days. Crime prevention is no longer what they do – much more fun to arrive from sitting around in the station – the few that still exist – in fast cars and mob handed. One person causing trouble – send four cars and 8 officers and don’t forget to let the helicopter guys join in the fun. Then they will bleat about cuts etc when the number employed in total by the police is at a high – and so is their PR expenditure.

Reply to  Gerry, England
February 18, 2020 7:44 am

Here in CA … the only people PAYING for their “crimes” are Traffic violators who have homes and bank accounts. All others go free. Shoplift anything totaling less than $1,000.00? You go free. No charges. However, Our police literally have quotas for collecting fines from those who are capable of paying them. The fines are a significant part of law enforcement’s operating costs.

I have been in traffic court, and watched dumbfounded, as the Judge waived fines on every single person who claimed poverty. When I tried the same … the Judge laughed, turned to the arresting officer, laughed again and said NO. Pay up. My zip code was not in the poorer quarter of the County. So I was made to PAY UP for not coming to a full and complete stop at the stop sign out on a country lane with no other traffic present … $275.00.

The longtime leftist desire to turn crime and punishment on its head has come to our courts in CA. In the city of San Francisco, car burglary is no longer prosecuted. As a result, the streets are literally littered with little pools broken glass everywhere! It’s hard to find an on-street parking space that doesn’t have broken glass in it. The new Communist DA of SF is now proposing to pay the victims of burglary for their losses in lieu of prosecuting the crime! And the Gov. has arbitrarily ceased all death penalty executions and eliminated “death row” incarceration … despite 75% of the population still backing the death penalty for cold blooded murderers. This experiment in “unequal justice” will eventually become so untenable as to cause the forcible removal of those INSANE politicians who have instituted these DEADLY policies. It’s just a matter of time. Crime and Punishment is not an arbitrary notion. It is written in our DNA … criminals must be punished … along with whatever “rehabilitation” a liberal society believes will make them “feel” better about themselves.

shortus cynicus
February 17, 2020 10:26 pm

Is City Of London involved?
I remember, CO2 trading started with ENRN, was taken over by Goldman Sachs. They always dreamed for marked disconnected from any fundamentals, to be able make bets against their clients without any risk. Stupid pensions founds need a haircut all over again.

Hokey Schtick
February 17, 2020 10:28 pm

Under the rainbow flag. Climate change is gay?

Reply to  Hokey Schtick
February 17, 2020 10:47 pm

Transgender, perhaps trans/homo, but the Rainbow has been tarnished with progress, as trans/homos seek separate and “=” status with others (impure orientions) in the spectrum.

Reply to  n.n
February 18, 2020 12:26 am

And the only way to save the planet is to stop having children according to some stupid Professor of Continental Philosophy (whatever that is).

Reply to  Redge
February 18, 2020 3:12 pm

I am fully in favor of letting those who don’t want to have children, not have children.

Reply to  Hokey Schtick
February 18, 2020 12:02 am

Global warming brings more snow, more cold days, more wind, less wind… anything goes; so it’s transweather.

Russ Nelson
Reply to  Hokey Schtick
February 18, 2020 1:21 pm

This is intersectionality in play. If you’re against climate change, you’re gay or a gay sympathizer. If you support gays, then you’re a vegan. If you’re a vegan, you’re a feminist. If you’re a feminist, you support our ex-male sisters. If you’re trans, you are a Uniterian-Universalist. If you’re a UU, you hate Trump.

If you’re against Trump, but you’re not against climate change, you’re nobody.

February 17, 2020 10:31 pm

A bunch of “notoriously ragged self-defined communities of partially pre-European descended people” (PPEDP) are blockading Canada’s railways. link

Recent history is that groups of PPEDPs are allowed to pick up guns and threaten the police with impunity. If one of them gets harmed, there’s a royal commission as the government swings into full blown paroxysims of guilt. Of course, when ordinary folks point a hair brush at the cops, the cops kill them and always get away with it.

February 17, 2020 10:34 pm

“Extinction Rebellion vandals are digging up the lawns outside Cambridge’s grandest college Trinity and have blocked one of the roundabouts near the city centre”

Science is on their side I guess. All the way from Tyndal and Arrhenius more than 100 years ago. The science is settled so to speak.

Reply to  chaamjamal
February 17, 2020 10:49 pm

chaamjamal – thanks for posting that link. It sums up well:

SUMMARY: To summarize, the parallel drawn between the work of Arrhenius on glaciation cycles and the current theory of catastrophic climate impacts of the industrial economy that operate at grossly different time scales appears to be a desperate search for validation – and the need for such validation along with the Ad hominem need for validation by virtue of consensus – suggests weaknesses in AGW science that would explain the need this kind of support.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
February 17, 2020 11:16 pm

Hello Mike Jonas. Thank you for your kind comment.

Steve Z
Reply to  chaamjamal
February 18, 2020 12:07 pm

Don’t these idiots realize that the grass is taking CO2 out of the air, and digging up the lawns will mean higher CO2 levels in the air, and more soil washing away when it rains (rather frequently in England)?

February 17, 2020 10:44 pm

Someone needs to tell them that grass is a living thing. It doesn’t grow if dead.

David Chappell
Reply to  lee
February 18, 2020 7:03 am

And that it is using up CO2.

Phillip Bratby
February 17, 2020 10:46 pm

These kids are so dumb and have probably never done a day’s physical work in their pampered lives. I bet someone had to tell them which end of the spade to hold and which end to stick in the ground.

David Chappell
Reply to  Phillip Bratby
February 18, 2020 7:06 am

A lot of rather old looking “kids”.

February 17, 2020 10:55 pm

I saw this comment on another similar thread posted by a UK citizen. Does Boris Johnson have a Green fanatic girlfriend?

“Bozzer’s new girlfriend is a green fanatic and he refuses to upset her friends.
This is why we look to US for leaders as we will never have any again in this country!!”

Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
February 17, 2020 11:48 pm

Time Boris found a girl with a Physics A level.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
February 18, 2020 1:47 am

He’s probably only interested in ‘A physical level’ – horizontal.

Bryan A
Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 18, 2020 9:54 am

well that’s – plane – to see

Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
February 18, 2020 6:54 am

RE: “Bozzer’s new girlfriend is a green fanatic and he refuses to upset her friends.”

I heard that Boris Johnson’s main squeeze was a Greenie. Sounds like Bozzer’s “thinking with the small head again”- not a good move for any man and absolutely fatal for a Prime Minister.

That the fate of the nation rests on some wanker’s “wankee”! The horror!

February 17, 2020 11:04 pm

Pro-Life? No, just dodos pretending to be ducks. Rebel for life!

Flight Level
February 17, 2020 11:11 pm

The problem could, once again, be money.

Take a politician. He/she has that many years, rather a short lapse, to grab as much payola as there is.

The green mafia knows that it’s “products” stand no chance in a free-market and at term will ruin any country. Logically the first step is to terminate anything free, market inclusive. Payola abounds.

Take a successful businessman who does not depend on payola and give him the power to steer a country.

Viola, you have a prosperous country and the green mafia most wanted head.

Immunity to payola versus electoral corruption. You decide while the right of vote subsists.

February 17, 2020 11:59 pm

Maybe because Boris (and his team) is profiting from the work of someone else (Nigel Farage)?

Gerry, England
Reply to  niceguy
February 18, 2020 6:08 am

More likely Johnson is just thinking with his dick. Pandering to the green blob allows Bozzie Bear to ride his Otter.

Rod Evans
February 18, 2020 12:10 am

The problem we have in the UK is summed up by this bit of Wiki.
Symonds was born on 17 March 1988 to Matthew Symonds, co-founder of The Independent, and Josephine Mcaffee, a lawyer working for the paper.[6] Her paternal grandfather was John Beavan, Baron Ardwick, a Labour Party MEP in the 1970s and a newspaper editor, and her paternal grandmother was Anne Symonds, a BBC World Service journalist.
Symonds grew up in South West London, and between 1999 and 2006 attended Godolphin and Latymer School. She went on to the University of Warwick, where she studied art history and theatre studies and completed her degree in 2009.
It tells you all you need to know about the influence she has on Boris Johnson. It is very worrying for normal rational people to see how close to power the green zealots are. Our PM needs to be free to make decisions without the over close influence of someone like Carrie Symonds.
With a bit of luck Dominic Cummings will give Boris some timely advice.

Reply to  Rod Evans
February 18, 2020 1:13 am

… probably not, if that was job for the newly now ex-adviser Andrew Sabisky, super-forecaster extraordinary who failed to forecast the length of his own No. 10 tenure.

Richard S.J. Tol
February 18, 2020 12:14 am

A more pertinent question, why is Boris Johnson allowing racists and misogynists to run riot in Britain?

February 18, 2020 12:20 am

Boris is no Trump

But then some of us knew that

Reply to  fretslider
February 18, 2020 1:00 am

comic weekly cockerel weathervane

B d Clark
February 18, 2020 12:40 am

The BBC article on the cambridge diggings, note the police “have issued a crime reference no” the owners tip towing around ,vandalism, the report its self down playing criminal damage,the one thing we can draw from the report is every one involved ,directly, indirectly, is operating under the same consensus, it’s ok to destroy property and disrupt peoples lives.

David Hartley
Reply to  B d Clark
February 18, 2020 1:49 am

Another little snippet from the Beeb

How would you feel if your expenses were declined because your meal contained meat?

“That’s the situation at property developers Igloo Regeneration, where all corporate entertaining, workshop catering and even staff expenses must now be vegetarian if staff wish to be reimbursed.”

Can you imagine trying that in opposition to the Vegans???

B d Clark
Reply to  David Hartley
February 18, 2020 1:58 am


I would simply take my business elsewhere, what you have highlighted is another sinister undercurrent ,being played out by certain businesses,

February 18, 2020 12:50 am

James Lovelock, the man who started it all is celebrating his 100th birthday and having a laugh: “The new generation of eco-warriors are too emotional, protest alone won’t save the planet”
When Richard Brunson (Virgin Airlines) asked for his permission to name one of his airplanes ‘Gaia’, Lovelock replied ‘why not open a brothel and call it Virgin’.

Reply to  Vuk
February 18, 2020 5:49 am

He still has a sense of humor. Perhaps there is a link to that and longevity. He also walks two miles every day.

Anyway, “started it all” is not very specific. He invented a detector allowing the measurement of CFCs and other compounds at ultra trace levels. He promotes the Gaia hypothesis. He doesn’t damage other people’s property.

February 18, 2020 12:59 am

Sorry to be so crude but Boris wishes to keep on banging Carrie Symonds and so he must stay on the AGW bus. She is a vocal supporter of XR and Boris knows conformity is a requirement if he wants to be on the right side of the duvet.

Russ Nelson
Reply to  Keitho
February 18, 2020 1:32 pm

Oh FFS, this is all about one man’s dick?? That’s no way to run a government (even though that’s always how it ends up)!

Martin A
February 18, 2020 1:00 am

The public is not so keen on this nonesense…

Reply to  Martin A
February 18, 2020 8:56 am

Good point !

XR’s choice of Cambridge on a wet Sunday probably means that their effete activists don’t want to chance a bashing from an enraged populace ?

So, maybe a sign that the XR idiots have passed peak 🙂

Russ Nelson
Reply to  Martin A
February 18, 2020 1:31 pm

Which is why the police block off the streets when these morons block the road. People would run them over, and *oh* the reports that have to get filled out, and the scene secured and witnesses interviewed when protesters get squished like bugs. If they just block off the streets, the protesters have no one to give their message to, they get bored and go home.

Martin A
February 18, 2020 1:02 am


George Lawson
February 18, 2020 1:08 am

Why Is Boris Johnson Allowing Eco-Fascists to Run Riot in Britain?”

A bit difficult for him when his stupid father is boasting that he has become a member of the ridiculous XR. If Boris is serious he must show that he has broken away from the outspoken left wing views of his publicity-seeking father who seems hell bent on trying to undermine his son.

February 18, 2020 1:54 am

“Boris is no Trump”
I have to declare my interest, I voted twice for Boris as the London mayor, people who worked for him there did a good job, but recently he threw my very good hard working MP out of the Tory party; as it happens I was abroad at the last election so didn’t vote either for or against.
Beside the point that Trump and Boris were born in the same neighbourhood, as a kid Trump was collecting loose nails on his dad’s building site, young Boris was on play-fields of Eton, Trump is a man of real estate, land, bricks, hard hat workmen, while Boris is just an average ‘journo’ of grandiose ideas as the airport on Thames or bridge over the Irish Sea, and was not much of a foreign secretary. For our USA friends who pay their taxes wherever they happen to be, Boris renounced his USA citizenship for tax reasons exactly 3 years ago: “For a time, Mr. Johnson refused to pay the IRS tax demand. At one time, he even resorted to tit-for-tax lambasting of the U.S. Embassy in London for failing to pay London’s congestion tax.”

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
February 18, 2020 2:02 am

If these XR idiots are digging up a historic lawn “for oil” is it too much to hope for that they fracture a gas main and make themselves extinct?

Rod Evans
February 18, 2020 2:11 am

The obvious solution to this wanton vandalism by XR people is to make them restore the lawns back to the previous condition by court order. Make them collect the soil they have spread in the local bank to enable them do it. Keep them working on the restoration work until it is deemed complete by the college grounds staff.

David Chappell
Reply to  Rod Evans
February 18, 2020 7:13 am

Given the reputed age of those lawns, that’ll be about 500 years.

Henry Keswick
February 18, 2020 2:57 am

The malaise in the UK runs deep. Take the BBC for example – it’s been taken over by eco activists spearheaded by that leading “scientist” Roger Harrabin (with his degree in English no less) and fellow spinners of climate rubbish such as David Attenborough and Chris Packham – both of whom are patrons of ‘Population Mattters’ a political organisation that wants to drastically reduce the world’s population (e.g. by 46 million in the UK and by 172 million in the US). Packham is also a member of the XR cult. The political propaganda from this lot is openly broadcast by the BBC, thinly discuised as ‘science’ programming, in direct abuse of its Charter. No surprsise that it’s infected the mindset of our politicians who let them get away with anything. Welcome to C21st dystopian Britain.

Bill Wiggans
February 18, 2020 3:47 am

The police are too busy with “non-crime hate incidents” to have time to bother with this sort of thing. They don’t even turn out for burglaries, muggings and shop lifting. Boris has many good points but appears to be influenced too much by his young lady, Carrie, who is a green nutter, sorry, zealot. She is very easy on the eye though!

Rick Ball
February 18, 2020 4:24 am

We have 10 years to save the Cambridge lawn.

February 18, 2020 4:49 am

they didnt muck around removing protestors from ex reb the other day for blocking roads
a really nice mob tackle of a mouthy lass right through the mob abd straight to the van for removal
made me smile and fell rather happy.
I sent the link to the tips n notes area MODS;-)

Nigel Sherratt
February 18, 2020 5:14 am

These are not the hallowed lawns where only Fellows may disport themselves (as XR are somewhat desperately implying), those are inside the Great Gate. This criminal damage is being done outside the Great Gate just off Trinity Street on a grassed area easily publicly accessible (hence the bicycle parking, try an online map). They are however outside Newton’s rooms. Post-normal science perhaps?

February 18, 2020 5:47 am

Recently, I’ve read an article which described the illegal people smugglers in the Mediterranean Ocean with words like “affluent neglect ” and “sensitivities egoism”.
These people are broken, mentally ill, brainwashed, unable to form relationships and suffering from “Gefühlsstau” which probably means “accumulated emotion ” in English. They are fucked up and want to feel good by doing good (and they don’t understand the consequences nor do they care about it). The corporate media use this to control these people by using petty emotions and neural marketing.
I’m pretty sure the climatologists are controlled in the same way. What could be done about this? Hate, violence, facts against these sectarians probably wouldn’t work. It would be best to show them how ridiculous their claims are, but in a non-harmful, diplomatic way.

February 18, 2020 6:28 am

To the utter shock of the good Delingpole (over at Breitbart) BoJo sold Brexit success straight away, sending the UK to a green hell.
After 3 years of unbelievable political turmoil, BoJo was seen as the great savior.
Shades of the Glorious Revolution, what?

Anyway right in time for the election, Bank-of-England governor Carney decided to head to the UN to replace Sir Mike Bloomberg as climate “protector”. You see Carney has a green finance Initiative, the mother of the GND parroted by Bernie, AOC, Leyen et al.
And hey presto – the UK leaves the EU, by why worry – the EU will follow exactly the green suicide of the UK, at least for a while.
Now there is a fly in the green ointment – China.

So forget Russia, Novachok, Crimea – the world’s most evil threat is China!

At the Munich Security Conference Batman and Robin, Pompeo and Esper, with a Pelosi chorus, without the Union Jack, merrily trumpeted that narrative. Look at how they chime!

Why are we allowing utterly incompetent, totally insane green finance to run riot ready to demolish the human population, and a Crassus KBE, mini Mike, to insult farmers, manufacturers, and deny healthcare to the old?

Any you focus on roadblocks and Hamas) Are ye gone totally to the dogs?
That’s even worse than BoJo and Mike and his running mate crooked Hilary, barking up the wrong tree!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  bonbon
February 18, 2020 7:56 am

I don’t think Bloomberg will be the Democrat nominee, but if he did win and did pick Hillary as Vice President, I would be delighted.

Choosing Hillary would put the focus back on the most serious danger to befall the United States in its history, the attempt by Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration to undermine the presidential election of 2016, and the U.S. Constitution.

Had Hillary and Obama been successful, we might have already lost our free choice of who would govern us. They would have had the power and ability to rig future elections and to hide the fact they were doing so from the public.

We are not out of the woods yet. The only way to fix this problem is to reelect Trump so the prosecution of these Democrat traitors can continue. If a Democrat is elected president, then all of this will be swept under the rug and there will be no reason for a dishonest Democrat not to continue to try to rig the election system to favor Democrats in perpetuity.

Traitors need to be punished severely to deter potential traitors in the future. You should go to jail at a minimum, if you deliberately try to undermine the U.S. Constitution. You wouldn’t want me on your jury because I don’t like people who try to take away my personal freedoms.

Robert Stevenson
February 18, 2020 6:39 am

Those of us who are fair minded with common sense are held in a vice like grip by hysterical environmentalists and global warming fanatics referred to as eco fascists and rightly so by James Delingpole. For instance in France the fair minded common sense approach of citizens, voters and Le Penn supporters who declared that they were not racist to suggest that migrants crossing the Med in overloaded trafficked boats should be encouraged to stay in their own countries particularly sub Saharan Africa by economic development of those countries. However as this would require investment in massive power projects using fossil fuels similar to China and India, this was vetoed by the IPCC influenced western governments particularly the collective voice of the EU.
I could go on and declare that this hysteria has been driven along by environmentalism using global warming as the main vehicle which has no basis in science whatsoever and is a complete myth ever since its inception in 1988 when CO2 was declared a dangerous pollutant that would lead to catastrophic anthroprogenic global warming.

Robert Stevenson
Reply to  Robert Stevenson
February 18, 2020 6:43 am

This IPCC influence can only be described as vice like.

CD in Wisconsin
February 18, 2020 7:59 am

XR protesters didn’t just dig up the lawn at Trinity College. They also dug up the lawn outside of the British Home Office. They were arrested for it.

Bryan A
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
February 18, 2020 12:28 pm

OH What they’re doing to that portion of the Carbon Sink MUST BE CRIMINALIZED for the sake of GAIA

Vincent Causey
February 18, 2020 8:06 am

It reminds me of “Invasion of the body snatchers”. You could be forgiven for thinking that one by one the political leaders have been replaced with copies that were made to carry out a nefarious plan. First it was Michael Gove. The real Michael Gove – the person who led the department of education, once, under another prime minister – was vocal in warning about the “blob”. That was why he had to be replaced. The fake Michael Gove is implementing policies that the real Gove would never have countenanced. Along with Gove, are all the other heads of departments, of law enforcement, and one can only reach the conclusion, the the PM himself has also been replaced.

Bryan A
Reply to  Vincent Causey
February 18, 2020 12:29 pm

Must be a Stepford Parliament

Rhys Jaggar
February 18, 2020 8:11 am

Very important that these middle class yobs should experience vandalism to their own property.

‘We don’t want to cause damage to other people’s property, but our police have completely failed to keep order and these self-righteous windbags think they are above the law. So direct action is the only way to bring them face to face with reality……’

February 18, 2020 8:30 am

It’s the UK, anything goes….except imported farm products.

John Robertson
February 18, 2020 9:46 am

I agree with Hotscot up comment,the best way to destroy Gang Green is let them be seen to win.
Then arrest the ringleaders and pull the police protection all at once.
Now whether Boris is part of that plan is anyones guess,but as public resentment toward the fools and bandits grows,”Flexible” politicians will leap to the front of that parade too.

Observe Canada,where the ruling Uni-Party has sucked up to Gang Green for decades,now the transport of commerce is blockaded and public resentment is growing.
Toward all parties, but especially the weak and useless government.
The fools manning those barricades are walking advertisements for their own gullibility.
And the Government funded media coverage is classic, over the top support for anarchy by “Hereditary Chiefs”,dismissing the elected band councils and chiefs as irrelevant.
The UK may want to avoid such idiocy.

Reply to  John Robertson
February 18, 2020 12:08 pm

If the [whatever the polite current term for Indians is] want hereditary chiefs, why didn’t they elect them? It is obvious that the majority prefers the system of elected band councils. What infuriates me is having to pay more than double for the pipelines and dams because of the protests, seemingly led by imported hooligans.

February 18, 2020 3:00 pm

Anyone get the feeling that China and Russia are laughing while they eat their popcorn?

Russ Nelson
February 18, 2020 3:14 pm

I don’t understand the fascination with digging up lawns.

David Hartley
Reply to  Russ Nelson
February 18, 2020 3:28 pm

A uniquely English symbol of home family and security?

February 18, 2020 6:45 pm

Trudeau is no better… and the CBC is a disgrace since it is taxpayers’ funded and they censor any opinion expressed related to First Nation issues…

old white guy
February 19, 2020 6:28 am

Boris, just another left winger in disguise.

Ulric Lyons
February 19, 2020 6:34 am

Because the Master of Trinity College is an Extinction Rebellion supporter.

“Dame Sally Davies calls for Extinction Rebellion-style campaign to raise awareness”

Reply to  Ulric Lyons
February 19, 2020 2:26 pm

good point…

Sally Davies – master of Trinity College?

Listen here for an explanation – for an explanation of why this lady has been given such a prominent comfy sinecure is surely required.

February 20, 2020 3:48 am

Great article and comments. But I’ve got one worry about the Hamas reference. Didn’t Hamas think they had the right to direct traffic and so on because (unlike XR and Antifa) they had won a General Election, and the defeated party, with Western backing, refused to hand over power?

Mind you, my memory of the events might not be entirely accurate, as I was a Guardian reader at the time. (Honest, I’m reformed now!) So I am open to correction.

Rudolf Huber
February 23, 2020 1:25 pm

Here we might even see the difference between Boris and Trump. Boris has been a politician all his life, Trump has not been one right before becoming president. Boris seems to still feel beholden to political stratagems. Trump does what he feels is the right thing. No matter if Trump is right with every little decision he takes, he aims much wider and is able to take aim at what makes no sense in order to tear it down. So Boris, is this a trend and did you just not see the banana peel?

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