Extinction Rebellion Attacks Democracy, blockades the Free Press

Extinction Rebellion Climate Banner with Hammer and Sickle. Source Neil Hamilton, UKIP MS England and Wales

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t JoNova; Extinction Rebellion have blockaded major news printers in England. Their demand to lift the blockade is newspapers obey Extinction Rebellion’s instructions on printing more climate propaganda.

Extinction Rebellion: Printworks protest ‘completely unacceptable’ says Boris Johnson

Environmental protesters targeted two News Corporation printing presses and delayed the delivery of Saturday newspapers

By Telegraph Reporters
5 September 2020 • 1:57pm

The Prime Minister has branded Extinction Rebellion’s blockading of major printing presses to stop papers reaching shops on Saturday “completely unacceptable”.

Boris Johnson said a free press is “vital” and criticised the activists for trying to “limit the public’s access to news”.

More than 100 protesters used vehicles and bamboo lock-ons to block roads outside the printing works at Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and Knowsley, near Liverpool. By Saturday morning, police said some 63 people had been arrested.

The presses print the Rupert Murdoch-owned News UK’s titles including The SunThe TimesThe Sun on Sunday and The Sunday Times, as well as The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and the London Evening Standard.

Meanwhile, Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, criticised the XR demonstration an “attack on democracy”.

“This morning people across the country will be prevented from reading their newspaper because of the actions of Extinction Rebellion,” she said.

“This attack on our free press, society and democracy is completely unacceptable.”

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/05/extinction-rebellion-blockade-rupert-murdochs-printing-presses/

The following is a picture of one of the Extinction Rebellion blockades. The flimsy bamboo structure has people hanging off it at a significant height; driving through it would likely cause severe injury or death.

Extinction Rebellion have already secured a role in British Government, Boris Johnson conceded their demand to create an official climate assembly composed of activist volunteers, to advise the government on how to achieve net zero CO2 emissions.

Can you imagine what things would be like if Extinction Rebellion secured even more influence or control over people’s lives?

The only plus side of this awful attack on freedom is the British take newspaper press freedom very seriously; it is difficult to think of an action Extinction Rebellion could have taken, which would be more damaging to their climate activist cause and reputation.

85 thoughts on “Extinction Rebellion Attacks Democracy, blockades the Free Press

  1. “Can you imagine what things would be like if Extinction Rebellion secured even more influence or control over people’s lives? ”

    Danegeld……

  2. Socialists, once you’ve cannibalized your country and gnawed it down to the bone, where does the money come from to finance your worker’s paradise?

    • By allowing just enough incentive for those inclined to work and profit from their efforts.
      In other words, capitalism.
      But never enough profit to displace the “elite”.
      (To learn more about the reality of it, look up “Animal Farm”.)

      • Actually Orwell’s Animal Farm as well as 1984 were portraits of socialism/communism and totalitarian states…

        • Failed totalitarian states.
          Gunga, without profit motive there is no innovation, invention, productivity improvement, advancement in good and services, improvement in quality of life.
          under socialism mediocrity thrives and leads to a downward spiral in quality of goods and service and quality of life. Having worked in a union paradise, piece work is verboten! If the guy next to you produces more, faster he is dressed down so as not to set the expectation for his fellow comrades higher.
          Under socialism/communism/collectivism/call it what you may, darkness falls for all but the elite bureaucracy who use up wealth until the system collapses under the weight of elite greed and the starvation and apathy of the masses.
          So many promises Comrades So much despair. Final note the elite will always make sure that vodka is cheap and affordable so the many can drown their sorrows. When Marx wrote: “from each according to their means to each according to their need” he was talking about Vodka. Pass the bottle comrade.

      • If the government is setting limits to how much profit a company can make, you aren’t dealing with capitalism. More like mercantilism, or one of the flavors of socialism.

    • It’s actually worse. These socialists follow in their predecessors’ footsteps and combine a minority regime, the Pro-Choice (selective, opportunistic) quasi-religion (“ethics”), diversity dogma (i.e. denial of individual dignity, denial of individual conscience), redistributive change, and Twilight faith (i.e. conflation of logical domains) accountable only to their philosophers (mortal “gods”) and experts (“clergy”) adopted by the Progressive Church. Clinical cannibalism (“Planned Parenthood”), too.

  3. If these idiots want even more Climate Change ™ propaganda, ask they have to do is start their own newspaper. They can then print what they like, and see if anyone wants to read it.

    Of course, all they do is prevent others doing what they want to do, instead of doing something actually productive themselves. That tells you all you need to know about them.

    • The point is not to get more climate change propaganda. It’s to eliminate skeptical climate change reporting entirely. They want a monopoly on the public discourse. Those who print wrongthink will be punished.

      • “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” and “Ignorance is strength.” …. 1984 Big Brother’s slogans

      • A common tactic that I’m seeing more and more lately. If your ideas can’t stand up to scrutiny, just silence any dissent.

  4. Activists know better than journalists.
    Journalists know better than climate scientists.
    And climate scientists know better than geophysicists when they deny geothermal.

    It all makes sense …

      • Just using the data collected by scientists, basic physics, and experiments …

        Just because the rest choose to believe in ideological mathematics of conservation of heat flow (pseudophysics), doesn’t mean you should.

        Why don’t you trust the geophysicists’ data?

        • … ideological mathematics of conservation of heat flow …

          I may be wrong, but my “belief” is that locally there is continuity in the divergence of most other commenters here in your “theorems” (/ conjectures).

          Heat is a form of energy. Trying to explain how heat can disappear from one place and “simultaneously” appear in another is a “relatively special” position to take in the domain of mathematical physics, while thinking “energy” can be either created or destroyed (rather than “just” being converted from one form to another) is a second one.

          Why don’t you trust the geophysicists’ data?

          I missed that thread.

          What “geophysicists’ DATA”, specifically, are you talking about here ???

          • Zoe has made the claim that you can pump energy into a system forever and it will never warm because energy flux isn’t heat.

  5. Yes, because we really haven’t heard enough Climate Propaganda!
    It’s a bit like Greta Thunberg claiming that she was being ‘silenced’.
    These people are angry, they’re angry because the Fear Campaign of their Cult has lost the power to frighten all but the most gullible and wilful ‘doomers’.

    • Bingo. If it’s ‘completely unacceptable’, why are they accepting it?

      Sadly, Boris appears to have been the joke candidate for PM.

    • Gunga Din

      I have said it in the past, much like Trump, there is a time and a place for everything. Otherwise known as being handed enough rope to hang oneself, and being stupid enough to accept it.

      Westminster is now examining ways to deal with this scum, and I’m not certain it will be pretty.

    • IT is all to do with the advance of Common Purpose. A so called charity, that has been “educating” the public sector. That includes the police in the UK, they are instructed about the benefits of diversity, gender identity. LBGTQI importance, cultural tolerance, etc. All sounds innocent enough doesn’t it? The result is, the British police actively and collectively bend the knee in support of BLM, a known anarchist organisation, with openly stated disruptive policies, primarily aimed at white communities.
      The infection of Common Purpose within the British public sector is why our police are now so incompetent. They are unable to deal with real issues like theft burglary knife crime etc. but are excellent at things like, hate crime detection and other second order priorities.
      The police need to get up off their knees and start doing their prime job which is maintaining peaceful open society and maintaining the laws that enable that.

    • Tasers would be better. Flame throwers are carbon based and would directly warm the atmosphere…/sarc

  6. **The Prime Minister has branded Extinction Rebellion’s blockading of major printing presses to stop papers reaching shops on Saturday “completely unacceptable”.

    Boris Johnson said a free press is “vital” and criticised the activists for trying to “limit the public’s access to news”.**

    Is that the best the Wimpy Prime Minister can do?????

      • We shall chide them on the beaches, we shall protest indignantly on the landing grounds, we shall take a knee in the fields and in the streets, we shall cower in the hills; we shall always surrender… until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

    • Perhaps that’s the limit of what his “fiancée” Carrie will tolerate. BoJo’s commitment to climate change action is a “glandular” problem. How much longer can he go without a new affair?

  7. I hardly ever follow the press or MSM anymore.
    I’m pretty basic at how Twitter and Facebook work but the following is my observation.
    Dumb ER, BLM and Antifa “protestors” are posting online videos of themselves doing illegal/stupid stuff like setting their colleagues on fire.
    Right leaning bloggers are then compiling these video and reposting.
    The reposted videos are getting orders of magnitude more views.
    That’s FREE PRESS

    • W: “The reposted videos are getting orders of magnitude more views.” You’re naive. “orders of magnitude more” than the MSM combined? I don’t think so. Control of the media is just one Marxist goal to reach the nirvana of One World Government and you don’t need to be a conspiracy theorist to understand.

      • Mark
        I’m not good at this social media stuff especially stats on engagement and reach BUT I’m not naive.
        But maybe you can use the following example to teach me.
        Brendan gutenschwage (50k followers)took footage of a protester burning.
        Andy ngo ( 700k followers) retweeted brendans video
        Dan Bongino (2.3m followers) retweeted Andy’s tweet
        The above is is just a chain of 3 tweets as an example. The video has been viewed 3.5 million times most likely only 20k views from brendans account.
        But please explain better

        • That video has been viewed way more than 3.5 million times.

          It’s becoming a meme, with people setting the footage to various humorous mostly fire-related songs (my favorite is the Ring of Fire version). It’s going to be seen hundreds of millions of times before all is said and done. WAY more exposure than it would have gotten from a few hundred thousand CNN viewers stuck in airports.

    • Waza, good point…..
      Most spam email would go away if it cost the sender a per-email fee, or if every time someone posted to 1000 antifa friends it cost the sender $50.00 they might not invite the whole world to their “protest”.

  8. Wow! Isn’t it great when religious zealots attack basic individual freedoms in the name of their religion! That’s always turned out so well throughout human history!
    It’s very much like the DemoKKKrats here in the US with their threats of further riots and looting if Old Dementia Joe isn’t elected! They couldn’t do much more to push the American electorate towards such a huge landslide for a Trump re-election that their myriad voter fraud schemes may not be believable, even to their sycophant media darlings!
    XR is pushing the British people towards looking at them as complete loons; which, of course, they are, but they shouldn’t make it so obvious for all to see! Maybe they should stick to blocking traffic and trying to paint buildings with fake blood, but those didn’t work out so well either.
    Maybe even BoJo will wake up to being conned!

  9. “The following is a picture of one of the Extinction Rebellion blockades. The flimsy bamboo structure has people hanging off it at a significant height; driving through it would likely cause severe injury or death.”

    I think that is a feature, not a bug. In any event, I cannot see a problem.
    Violent “protests” met with a firm response would put a stop to this garbage right quick and fast.

    Did anybody else notice that what XR is pulling is flat-out blackmail?

    • It sure is blackmail. Perhaps all the Brits affected could wander down to their local police station and demand that the police do something about it. Mind you as I recall it was the Brit police that ran away from BLM protesters fairly recently, thereby convincing many of us that our police forces are useless and that BLM is a genuine threat to our democracy. XR should remember that they are part of the community that had the intestinal fortitude to stand up to Hitler on their own in the early days of WW 2 after he had overrun Europe. It takes a bit to get the Brits going, but the outcome is not usually pretty for the opposition when they do.

  10. Talk about the suppression of the free press. And they want people to listen to them? Just by default, anyone using these tactics have to be disbelieved in any message they do have. These people don’t even hide the fact they are using bolshevik/communist tactics. They need to be cancelled, just like antifia, who use ultra violent tactics and also display the hammer and sickle on their shields. Absolutely no difference than displaying a swastika, and they should be rounded up and thrown in prison and held without bail with a trial date set for sometime in 2022. Allowing this nonsense to continue is tacit approval.

  11. E2: “Allowing this nonsense to continue is tacit approval.” Correct. It’s up to the mayors of those cities and they are almost, if not all, Democrats/Progressives. Don’t believe for a second that the average American doesn’t know that now and when they vote this November. Up to now it has been petty political rhetoric swaying the people but now it’s real.

    • We never had it in the first place. At some point in the future I hope the Tories draft a constitution of our own, but at the moment our legal system is a messy layer cake.

      • That is the most common situation the right to own a gun is limited to a small number of countries.
        AFAIK those that have the right are USA, Guatemala, Mexico, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Yemen.

      • G’day Pariah Dog. We never had it in the first place.

        Check the “English Bill of Rights” – 1690 – when William of Orange accepted the crown. Try: Yale(dot)edu, “Research”, search for “English Bill of Rights” You will find:

        “That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law”

        It’s that “as allowed by law” that was altered in the US to “shall not be infringed”.

    • To DJ, regarding guns in the UK. In rural areas lots of people have guns:

      DC Andy Cartwright: Everybody and their mums is packin’ round here.
      Nicholas Angel: Like who?
      DS Andy Wainwright: Farmers.
      Nicholas Angel: Who else?
      DC Andy Cartwright: Farmers’ mums.

      (see Hot Fuzz)

  12. Where’s those water cannons when they are needed.

    Add indelible green dye and some “dynamic lifter” as a slurry. 🙂

    Poor Stinkies !!!

  13. Take a couple of battery powered chainsaws and cut the scaffold down to size. OSHA should fine those guys for not being properly tied off with approved fall protection.

  14. XR is just another Kremlin proxy. Nothing to see here. BoJo is a complete and utter klutz. End the stupid lockdown NOW, BoJo you clown. And repeal the useless Climate Change Act while you’re about it.

  15. IT is all to do with the advance of Common Purpose. A so called charity, that has been “educating” the public sector. That includes the police in the UK, they are instructed about the benefits of diversity, gender identity. LBGTQI importance, cultural tolerance, etc. All sounds innocent enough doesn’t it? The result is, the British police actively and collectively bend the knee in support of BLM, a known anarchist organisation, with openly stated disruptive policies, primarily aimed at white communities.
    The infection of Common Purpose within the British public sector is why our police are now so incompetent. They are unable to deal with real issues like theft burglary knife crime etc. but are excellent at things like, hate crime detection and other second order priorities.
    The police need to get up off their knees and start doing their prime job which is maintaining peaceful open society and maintaining the laws that enable that.

  16. Lost me at “socialism or extinction”. Apparently these geniuses don’t know recent history. Socialism is extinction, for anyone who disagrees with it, like farmers, tradesmen, academics, mathematicians, business owners…you know, ordinary people who had the gall to think that they should own their lifes’ work, the reward of their efforts, and be able to decide for themselves what to buy, sell, or own.

    • They didn’t ‘lose me’ at “Socialism or Extinction” – I took that as them telling us what alternatives they will accept and as we don’t want Socialism, we get to ‘extinct’ them. 😀

  17. Boris Johnson likes to think of himself as the new Winston Churchill…. LOL!

    They have finally charged some of these “useful idiots” with “aggravated trespass” and they’re all out on bail. They might get a fine of a few hundred pounds but I doubt that if they’re all first time offenders.
    Personally I’d chuck the book at them with a maximum 3 months in jail, give these middle class prats a bit of time to think things over, before they come up with anymore bright ideas.

    The UK’s police force needs a good kick up the backside too, they were probably to busy berating some old person for unlawful use of a handmade face mask.

  18. Lovely cartoon in the Telegraph today showing XR demonstrators stopping the printing presses. Caption is:

    “…. hope this gets into the newspapers…”

  19. The newspapers may now see how bowing down to alarmism does not make the morons go away.On climate change the British Press surrendered a long time ago. “As ye sow, so shall be reap.”

  20. It’s time to bring back early 20th century tactics. Murdoch should hire a gang of Pinkerton-style thugs to clear the streets if the police won’t do it.

    Barring that, he should file a lawsuit against the city for not doing their job and refuse to pay local taxes due to them breaching the social contract. Taxes are for governments to deliver infrastructure, services, and law & order. If this printer is being denied use of infrastructure by a mob and the city does nothing about it, why should they pay taxes?

  21. The solution of course is to make it no longer worthwhile for an individual to get involved in these sorts of activity. Easier said than done; but maximum inconvenience for the perpetrator should be the priority principle where sentences are concerned. If the Law needs to be changed; then so be it.

    • At some point, the oligarchs these idiots are messing with are going to figure out that laissez faire law enforcement cuts both ways. That’s when the corporate bullyboys are going to start showing up. Hiring a hooligan firm to come in and wreck shop and paying their slap-on-the-wrist legal fees is cheaper than losing a day of distribution for your media empire.

  22. This is only about installing Marxism. They don’t give a hoot about the environment. That is an excuse just like systemic racism is an excuse in the USA for the same bunch doing the same thing.

    • Isn’t it funny that the only places where “institutional racism” seems to exist, is in cities that have been run by Democrats for generations.

  23. The Guardian and the BBC would of course support extinction rebellion; and the reason no-one reads the Guardian and more and more people do not want to pay the TV licence fee. The apalling thing is being fed a load of marxist propaganda and then being compelled to a tax to support it.

  24. “”..Extinction Rebellion have already secured a role in British Government, Boris Johnson conceded their demand to create an official climate assembly composed of activist volunteers, to advise the government on how to achieve net zero CO2 emissions.”

    Looks like I will have to quote Winston Churchill one more time…

    “The appeaser is the one who feeds the crocodile hoping he will be the last one to get eaten.”

  25. The solution is actually pretty simple. Drive through it. Anytime a group blocks or delays traffic, they are counting on people behaving in a way that preserves their life. They are relying on people to avoid hurting them. It’s time that we formalized our rejection of that premise and make it legal NOT to avoid the protestors. You can’t drive out of your way to hit them, but you don’t have to stop or slow down either. A few drivers running over protestors would be enough to convince the others that a new mode of protest is necessary. Funny how “serious injury” or death will convince someone who thinks chaining themselves in harm’s way is a bad idea.

    • “The solution is actually pretty simple. Drive through it.”

      Or Summon a Tesla (in Ludicrous mode).

  26. Socialism is extinction. You would think if someone is going to be idealistic they would pick a better cause than enslavement under socialism. Unless of course they expect reward over others.

  27. If they have an atom of sense the paper would issue a demand to “stop or we will organise no further printing of any pro climate change action information in any shape or form and web broadcast of every article we can find criticising climate science. I do not think the upper middle classes can grasp how those more in touch with the real world climate and weather despise the pronouncements of climate science as ivory tower fantasy by those not living in the real world. I also think the Times does not realise just how many readers have stopped buying hard copy Times because of its far too pro climate change is man made scam support.

  28. Free press? If the press was free man made climate change would have been laughed out of the park 20 years ago.

  29. “Environmental protesters targeted two News Corporation printing presses and delayed the delivery of Saturday newspapers.”

    News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch’s empire) are big boys and well able to look after themselves when needed. Not many tears were shed.
    Regardless, any apparent tolerance by the UK populace is probably mainly because such ‘journalistic’ enterprises and people are usually placed somewhere below pond scum but somewhere above estate agents in the general scheme of things.

  30. ATTP, the climate kook site, is run by academic Ken Rice and proudly supports XR. Rice is one of many academics who signed up in support of XR.

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