Insulate Britain Blocking the M25. Source LBC. Fair Use, Low Resolution Image to Identify the Subject

“Insulate Britain” Climate Activists Blamed for Motorway Crash

h/t Breitbart; “Insulate Britain” apparently think mainstream Extinction Rebellion is not doing enough to dictate home renovations to ordinary people.

M25 protests: Crash blamed on Insulate Britain activists blocking motorway as woman is airlifted to hospital

Angry drivers remonstrated with 89 protesters from the climate group, who are demanding Government action on home insulation

By Izzy Lyons,  CRIME CORRESPONDENT 
and Gareth Davies,  BREAKING NEWS EDITOR
15 September 2021 • 1:12pm

Climate protesters have blocked parts of the M25 for the second time in three days and a crash on the motorway has been blamed on activists.

Insulate Britain, which is demanding Government action on home insulation, stopped traffic at two sections of Britain’s busiest motorway.

A crash involving four vehicles led to a woman in her 50s being airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Surrey Police have said the investigation into the collision is ongoing, adding: “It is too early in the investigation to know if these two incidents were linked.”

‘One car was squashed into half its size’

But witness Steve Glenn, who was commuting to work clockwise on the M25, told The Telegraph: “The cars ploughed into the back of each other. It was so blatantly obvious what had happened. The standstill traffic was caused by the protest.

“One car was squashed into half its size.”

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/15/m25-protest-insulate-britain-block-britains-busiest-motorway/

The following tweet is from the Breitbart article;

I mean I just about got Extinction Rebellion, funny pantomime street theatre where people get to pelt them with rotten food. Grand old British traditional and all that. But these ecoloons seem so far around the bend, its difficult to know what to say about them. Maybe if I upset them they will insulate my house?

Angry art critics turn on Extinction Rebellion Street Theatre Performers

Update (EW): Click to view Insulate Britain’s list of demands.
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Bryan A
September 15, 2021 2:06 pm

Dang, where is the Big Rig with hot brakes when you need one

Reply to  Bryan A
September 16, 2021 3:51 am

or a Tiennamen Square Main Battle Tank. XR-IB hasn’t the guts of that one Man.

Sparko
September 15, 2021 2:08 pm

Where’s the blues brothers when you need them ?

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Sparko
September 15, 2021 3:40 pm

Given that they hate Illinois Nazis they are probably on the side of the protesters.

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Izaak Walton
September 15, 2021 4:46 pm

The protesters are imposing their will upon others!

Grievous injury has resulted, and yet the protesters persist in detaining others against their will.

Did you think the Nazis were the good guys in WWII?

Greg
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
September 17, 2021 12:18 am

It is quite ludicrous and disingenuous to blame a four car pile up the blockage. They did not parachute into the middle of flowing traffic.

That road block could have been from any cause, like an accident or even daily congestion. The fact that people drive too close for their speed is the cause of the accident.

These idiots are a PITA and should be arrested for obstruction and also even being on a motorway, which is illegal as pedestrians.

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Greg61
Reply to  Izaak Walton
September 15, 2021 4:47 pm

They probably hate you

Greg
Reply to  Greg61
September 17, 2021 12:22 am

Of course, they even hate themselves. They’re just too cowardly to do the right thing.

n.n
Reply to  Izaak Walton
September 15, 2021 5:51 pm

Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness without racism, sexism, and diversity [dogma], generally.

beng135
Reply to  n.n
September 16, 2021 11:24 am

Sorry, reply was to I. W.

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Larry P
Reply to  Izaak Walton
September 16, 2021 1:59 am

You see the dodge monoco they drove. With the cop shocks and cop engine and it was built before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas?

I’m sure they are not fans of these yahoos.

Mr.
Reply to  Larry P
September 16, 2021 1:31 pm

And they had to get the cigarette lighter fixed.
Definitely not fans of XR loonies.

Larry P
Reply to  Mr.
September 16, 2021 3:18 pm

and they were not fans of the Good Ol Boys either.

Mr.
Reply to  Larry P
September 16, 2021 4:57 pm

Who is?

beng135
Reply to  Izaak Walton
September 16, 2021 11:26 am

You sound like a text-book Soviet apparatchik. Your head up into something, and it’s not the clouds.

ResourceGuy
September 15, 2021 2:10 pm

Send the AV Teslas next time in mass.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  ResourceGuy
September 16, 2021 3:00 am

lol yeah no engine noise
they could creep right up without any of the prats being aware
which is another reason leccy cars etc are dangerous you do NOT hear them so kids pets etc get hit

B Clarke
September 15, 2021 2:12 pm

There just alienating their cause, the public won’t support them.

Its always been a no no to mess about on the motorway, I hope the courts convict them.

B Clarke
Reply to  B Clarke
September 15, 2021 2:38 pm

The law: Road Traffic Act 1988, s.143

A number of offences can be committed which are specific to the motorway:

(1)
 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits). 
Likely sentence or
penalty: Maximum fine up to £2,500, 3 Penalty points

(2) Driving in reverse or wrong way on slip road.
Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum
fine up to £2,500, 3 Penalty points and Discretionary disqualification

(3) Driving in reverse on motorway. Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to
£2,500, 3 Penalty points and a Discretionary disqualification

(4)  Driving off carriageway. Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine, up to £2,500 3
Penalty points and a Discretionary disqualification

(5)  Making g a U-turn. Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to £2,500, 3 Penalty
points and a Discretionary disqualification

(6) Learner driver/excluded vehicle.Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to
£2,500, 3 Penalty points and a Discretionary disqualification

(7) Stopping on a hard shoulder.Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to £2,500, 3
Penalty points

(8)  Vehicle in prohibited lane. Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to £2,500, 3
Penalty points and a Discretionary disqualification

(9) Walking on hard shoulder.Likely sentence or penalty: Maximum fine up to £2,500, 3
Penalties points.

So point 9 is the law there breaking just by being there, theres probably lots more laws their breaking , ie obstruction, endangered other road users.

Probable outcome , no penalty points £50. Fine

Tom Abbott
Reply to  B Clarke
September 15, 2021 6:23 pm

They need to add a law like Oklahoma just added where it is now legal in Oklahoma to use your car to push through a crowd blocking the road, if you are surrounded and fear for your life. You have the right in Oklahoma to escape with your life.

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JohnC
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 16, 2021 12:42 am

If you think that you are in danger then you can use reasonable force here in the U.K.. Whether a slow moving 1500 kg vehicle is reasonable would be up to the courts to decide, but is it any different to the police using their vehicles in a similar manner?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  JohnC
September 16, 2021 9:40 am

Your are on the right track. Even though it is legal to push a car through a crowd, you better do it as carefully as you can, because your actions will come under scrutiny. Each situation is different.

B Clarke
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 16, 2021 10:38 am

Example

If you fight of a intruder in your house that 1 is threatening you and facing you, it would be deemed reasonable defence, 2 if the intruders back was turned to you and you fought them/ hit them that would not be deemed reasonable, 3 if you chased after a intruder out of your property down the street that would not be deemed defence.because the assailant has left the property and is no threat( in the eyes of the law)

Rules are changing on driving which basically give pedestrians and cyclists right of way in all events.

John Culhane
Reply to  B Clarke
September 16, 2021 2:36 am

Lets assume XR have done the calculations and reckoned that £50 was an acceptable risk. Is there any way for the people and business whose lives were disrupted by XR activists premeditated and deliberate actions can sue the XR people individually through a petty claims court for compensation? Since the police will have taken the names and addresses of the people who caused the actions. Say 100 people each claiming £10 per hour + cost of fuel wasted sitting in traffic will actually add up very quickly.

B Clarke
Reply to  John Culhane
September 16, 2021 2:49 am

The short answer is yes, the long answer would be , do you the claimants have the time a resources to pursue a claim,I would not think of pursuing a case unless the crown brought a criminal case and won,be it a slap on the wrist is of no matter ,its a criminal conviction that counts ,this would stand you in good shape to pursue damages against loss, also a joint action would be more cost effective, the leaders of the group be it xr or insulate would also be liable under common law and criminal law.if it is shown they encouraged supplied or in any other way aided and abetted a unlawful act.there is always away under eng.ish
Law, but is there always a will?.

B Clarke
Reply to  B Clarke
September 16, 2021 4:06 am

Looks like some of the organisers have been arrested

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-58576582

John Culhane
Reply to  B Clarke
September 16, 2021 5:14 am

Thank you for the reply. My thinking is that since it only takes a handful of people in XR to cause massive disruption to many thousands of peoples lives that there are bound to be around 100 people on the other side who are so steamed with these incidents that they want to take it out on those people, rather than encourage people to take the law into their own hands and come out worse they patiently grind the XR activists down with the bureaucracy and costs. There is no solution XR only trade-offs in time and effort, going to jail for them is not worth the cost but many people collectively taking them on will impose substantial personal cost burdens and once the precedent is set XR activists have to consider losing their homes to the cause.

MarkW
Reply to  John Culhane
September 16, 2021 7:24 am

In the US, this would be grounds for a class action suit. Does Britain have something similar?

Gerry, England
Reply to  B Clarke
September 16, 2021 3:04 am

I think they are blocking the roundabouts at the junctions – particularly looking at the pic – so they are not subject to the ‘walking on the hard shoulder’ penalty.

The police are a left-wing bunch of uniformed social workers these days who will be expressing sympathy for the XR scum. It has been reported that they were reassuring the scum that they would be looked after – vegan food probably at taxpayers expense – instead of being told to clear off in 10 minutes or you are being dragged away. Or better still, the bulldozer will be brought forward.

B Clarke
Reply to  Gerry, England
September 16, 2021 3:16 am

Roundabouts and junctions are still subject to motorway regulations ,they are essentially walking,sitting on the motorway way, there maybe a loophole i havent identified it, have you? A number of them have been arrested so A offence has been committed, I don’t know what offence they have been charged with do you? There’s probably any number of offences they could have committed, have they been charged with a lesser of a number of offences ? Have they been charged with various offences ? I don’t know the answers, but the police have a number of options, I’m going along with a lesser offence because scum seems to be the flavour of the month.

alastair gray
September 15, 2021 2:13 pm

One person seriously injured and a bunch of loonies crimiunally responsible . Look forwsrd to the woke judge giving a slap on the wrist to those responsible and luvvies and other useful idiots sanctimonioously wringing their blood-stained hands.

Pat from Kerbob
September 15, 2021 2:14 pm

i see 89 manslaughter charges if that woman dies, or whatever the British equivalent is to that canadian charge

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 2:46 pm

In general you are right, but without knowledge of the detailled circumstances it’s difficult to judge.

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Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 2:58 pm

The proximate cause of her death will be this protest. Its one thing to block an intersection in London where people drive slow, its entirely another thing to block off a major motorway in the countryside.
If its a moose, or weather, that is force majeure, but deliberate blocking?

I understand about following too close and being able to stop, but there has to be practical limits to what is allowed in protesting.

If i were a Brit i would be screaming for a test case for these morons.
Its like the greenpeace idiots who paddled up the athabasca into suncor and tripped off some operations and chained themselves to conveyor belts.
Its too bad the operators are trained to inspect the equipment first instead of just hitting the start button to see if the “jam” clears, the way autoreclosers bang in and out to attempt to burn off tree branches on transmission lines before bothering to send someone out to look at what is causing the fault.

If the courts won’t do it, we are going to need a series of bloody examples as to what misguided behavior can lead to in order to spread a bit of Darwin around.

mothcatcher
Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
September 16, 2021 1:44 am

We don’t call them moose in Britain, we call them mice.

niceguy
Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
September 16, 2021 4:49 am

Apparently it’s called a “cowcatcher”:
https://www.dkfindout.com/us/transportation/history-trains/early-american-locomotives/

(I learn stuff every day!)

Sparko
Reply to  niceguy
September 16, 2021 6:52 am

Misnamed, more like a cowplough

MarkW
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 3:11 pm

Accessory before the fact?

DMacKenzie
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 3:37 pm

And in Canada we have a annual cases of people stopping abruptly to let ducks cross the road, then getting rear ended. Somebody gets charged by the police, normally the stopped car…mostly based on the police’s impression of whose insurance should pay the damages.
So basically these protesters should be charged…..

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 3:42 pm

In NJ, if you rear-end someone, the presumption is it’s your fault, with few potential extenuating circumstances. These might include your being pushed from behind into another vehicle, or if someone executes a lane change with a sudden stop, a popular move among accident scammers. On the open highway, there’s very little wiggle room.

HotScot
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 4:58 pm

If the injured driver had stopped and the vehicle ploughed into the back of her she did nothing wrong. However, in the case of a manslaughter charge the actual circumstances of the crash are almost irrelevant. The fact is, the cash would almost certainly not have happened had these morons not blocked the road.

Hopefully the woman is OK, even if this mob to get off with a slap on the wrist. The fact is they have done something almost every British road user, and especially those driving on the M25, despises more than almost anything; cause yet another massive traffic jam on that road. This time perceptibly completely unnecessarily.

The whole event has alienated millions of people in an around London from their cause. Millions of other drivers will be similarly incensed. All will now be waiting for it to happen to them.

Reply to  HotScot
September 15, 2021 7:12 pm

Intelligent people should be able to separate a worthy or sensible cause from idiotic or dangerous antics.
2100 – “We could have saved the planet if only some activists hadn’t buggered up traffic on occasion”

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Alan the Brit
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 10:52 pm

My guess? They’ll get away with it all because if it went to trial, the doddering old judge would just let them off!!!

HotScot
Reply to  Alan the Brit
September 16, 2021 3:44 am

Too bad if the doddering old judge was late for court that day because he was caught in the traffic jam.

fretslider
September 15, 2021 2:15 pm

They couldn’t care less and the police as usual have their hands in their pockets

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  fretslider
September 15, 2021 3:05 pm

They don’t have weapons so they’re afraid to get involved.

M Courtney
Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
September 15, 2021 3:36 pm

77 arrested, at least.
M25 protests: Arrest tally over Insulate Britain action reaches 77 – BBC News

In fairness to the police, that many criminals acting in concert is a challenge

HotScot
Reply to  M Courtney
September 15, 2021 5:02 pm

Not really. One of the objectives of these people is to be arrested so they congest the Police and Courts systems.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  HotScot
September 15, 2021 10:59 pm

That’s assuming they get to court, they could all simply be released without charge, just a bit of finger wagging, probably!!!

HotScot
Reply to  Alan the Brit
September 16, 2021 3:47 am

Doubtful. As an ex Cop I can tell you their can’t be an arrest without at least reasonable suspicion the arrested has caused an offence.

It does not look good on Police figures when arrested people don’t get charged with something. There would be a serious inquiry launched as it would appear the Police are just picking people off the streets a la Python.

Joe
Reply to  M Courtney
September 16, 2021 4:37 am

“In fairness to the police, that many criminals acting in concert is a challenge”

Not if you are holding a machine gun.

Anthony Banton
Reply to  Joe
September 16, 2021 5:37 am

Thankfully our cops dont (as routine) carry guns.

B Clarke
Reply to  Anthony Banton
September 16, 2021 6:26 am

A lot do in London, were I live armed response units patrol in unmarked cars, domestic cases are by routine attended by armed cops, there not just armed cops there dressed all in black like special forces, this is country wide.

You need to get out more and see whats going on.

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MarkW
Reply to  Anthony Banton
September 16, 2021 7:29 am

God forbid criminals need to fear the police.

Anthony Banton
Reply to  MarkW
September 16, 2021 9:48 am

God forbid ordinary citizens need to fear the police.

Chaswarnertoo
September 15, 2021 2:17 pm

Utter, utter loonies. Do they think the hippos in the Thames were due to the Neaderthal motorways?

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
September 15, 2021 11:00 pm

“Do they think?” Err, no!!!

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Alan the Brit
September 15, 2021 11:03 pm

Just a thought, couldn’t these loons be done under some Covid regulation for congregating together, especially if they haven’t had the jabs!!!

HotScot
Reply to  Alan the Brit
September 16, 2021 3:49 am

Great, lets just perpetuate the division shall we?

Tom Halla
September 15, 2021 2:22 pm

I think the authorities have given X-RAY too much tolerance in their malicious mischief, so something like this was due to happen.

Tom Halla
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 15, 2021 2:23 pm

Autocorrect hates me: XR

DMacKenzie
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 15, 2021 3:41 pm

click on your post….click on the gear….click on “edit” ….to correct for a couple of minutes after posting.

MarkW
Reply to  DMacKenzie
September 16, 2021 7:30 am

You need to hover your mouse over the bottom right corner of your post to get the gear to appear.

John the Econ
September 15, 2021 2:40 pm

Once again, the economically useless are ordering the economically productive to do things that they could/should be doing themselves, if they were really the least bit interested in doing so.

B Clarke
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 2:57 pm

Yep, they tried pumping foam into cavity walls with the results you mentioned, one method I’ve seen on a stone house is to clad the exterior, puffed out the walls by 4″ all round, not only was the character of the house lost, it was mega expensive.

HotScot
Reply to  B Clarke
September 15, 2021 5:19 pm

Then there’s the cowboy traders. They will be smelling blood in the water as we speak.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  HotScot
September 15, 2021 11:07 pm

That’s always been an issue sadly!!! It depends if the Local Authority is certifying the work to a high enough standard!!!

Graemethecat
Reply to  HotScot
September 16, 2021 12:35 am

A note for American readers: In Britain, we refer to incompetent, fly-by=night builders as “Cowboys”.

Seen on the side of a van on the M25: “Singh and Patel, Master Builders. You’ve had the Cowboys, now try the Indians!”.

B Clarke
Reply to  HotScot
September 16, 2021 3:23 am

I remember you from the BBC forums fighting the propaganda ,I got banned for doing the same.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  B Clarke
September 15, 2021 11:06 pm

External insulation is technically the best way to insulate a building, by utilising the building material to be used as a thermal store, but each method has its down points!!!

HotScot
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 5:15 pm

Worse Eric. Sealing up houses causes internal dampness. Solid masonry Victorian buildings are notorious for it.

Professor of Engineering Michael Kelly did some calculations and established it would take between £75,000 and £100,000 to fully convert a modest 3 bedroom semi detached with insulation, a heat pump, double glazing and whole house ventilation, which is either crude and makeshift or every floor has to be ripped up to install trunking. Add another £30,000 to the total.

I did the same calculation some years earlier by getting quotes for my own house, they were exactly the same. What neither of us costed for, however, was new kitchens, bathrooms and full redecoration and internal modification of doorways, windows etc. which is necessary as insulation for most houses would be necessary on the inside for the reasons you state.

What Kelly also pointed out is that the UK has about one third of the labour required to achieve this and that manufacture of the materials to insulate 20 million or so homes would produce more CO2 than would be saved over decades.

Banks, on the other hand, will be rubbing their grubby paws together at the prospect of 20 million householders being forced by government to take out loans for all this. And forced they will be as the proposal is to make selling an unconverted house illegal.

Imagine that. A house you have bought and struggled to pay for over 25 – 35 years is now worthless by government mandate.

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Rory Forbes
Reply to  HotScot
September 15, 2021 6:43 pm

If the British people are putting up with this from the people they elected, they deserve everything they’re getting. It’s high time the British people grew a spine again and elect a proper government. It’s now becoming a failed state.

Climate believer
Reply to  Rory Forbes
September 15, 2021 11:12 pm

 “elect a proper government”

Lol! do you think there are shelves full of governments just waiting to be picked?

“It’s now becoming a failed state”

What are you thinking today?, Britain is not Eritrea Mr Forbes.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Climate believer
September 15, 2021 11:25 pm

Lol! do you think there are shelves full of governments just waiting to be picked?

That’s your problem. There are not. What you have are all pointed the same way … each with his head up the behind of the leader.

Britain is not Eritrea Mr Forbes.

More’s the pity.

B Clarke
Reply to  Climate believer
September 16, 2021 2:03 am

Mr forbes is not far off the mark, I see a thin vernier thats been broken through in places eg NHS, its crippled no government has been able to fix it, I see a armed forces feminised, reduced to a home guard, I see industry or lack of it being scrapped, gone over seas, fighting a ever increasing environmental dictatorship, same in farming,theres more and more but duty calls.

Bill Toland
Reply to  Rory Forbes
September 16, 2021 12:35 am

The problem is that all major British political parties have the same eco-loon policies. The only hope is that once the results of these policies start to hit the average voter, there will be enough pushback to abandon some of the worst policies. I am not optimistic.

MarkW
Reply to  Bill Toland
September 16, 2021 7:36 am

Then stop voting for any of the major parties, since none of them represent you and as you say, there’s precious little difference between them anyway.
You have two choices, stay home, or vote for a minor party.
Yes there is little chance that a minor party could win this time. You have to think about the future. If you do nothing, nothing will change.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Bill Toland
September 16, 2021 10:28 am

I am not optimistic.

The worst effects of this ‘revolution’ have come on very quickly. I only hear the word “woke” for the first time just a couple of years ago, now major corporations and governments are pandering to it. The UK has a fleet of “woke” police cars now … c/w a rainbow flag, a veritable ‘clown car’. The political parties are trying to out do each other with hard core pandering to every insane ‘woke’ idea they can find.

Sadly for me, I won’t live to see the pendulum swing back and squash the crazies.

Anthony Banton
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 16, 2021 5:38 am

They can be insulated on the outside. Some in my home town have.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  Anthony Banton
September 16, 2021 2:17 pm

Yea Banton they tried that….

it was called GRENFELL.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 16, 2021 6:30 am

So these criminals are blocking the M25 in an attempt to get government to force otherwise law-abiding Brits to spend thousands on useless heat pumps and insulation? I wonder, do any of said criminals own homes that would be impacted by these mandates? If so, their homes should be the first to be upgraded!

SxyxS
Reply to  John the Econ
September 15, 2021 3:14 pm

What these Griffters really need is being exiled to Afghanistan.
Within 4 days not a single one of them would ever again dare to do what they do now.
Within one weak half of them would learn their first basic human skills and do some real work in order to survive(the other half would probably try to commit suicide as they are far too superior to work),
within 4weeks all who are alive would convert to islam and pretend to love it though most of them have been hardcore atheists.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  SxyxS
September 15, 2021 6:45 pm

Griff – ters. I like that.

H.R.
Reply to  SxyxS
September 15, 2021 8:16 pm

Sounds about right, SxysX. You might be off a tad on the exact details, but in general, you’ve got it pretty much right.




That said, the Taliban in Afghanistan would be really, really, REALLY pissed if we sent griff and the like there.

We’d be better off sending Jehovah’s Witnesses rather than CAGW religious zealots; less chance of all-all-all–out jihad in retaliation.

Reply to  John the Econ
September 16, 2021 8:56 am

But there are already grants to help pay for loft (attic) and other insulation in the UK. This is what I don’t get. The measures these people appear to be protesting for are already in place.

ResourceGuy
September 15, 2021 2:44 pm

Send forth the American army of lawyers.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  ResourceGuy
September 15, 2021 6:52 pm

To Afghanistan. Please.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Mike McMillan
September 15, 2021 11:12 pm

What’s the old gag, “Why is it that a Vampire will never suck the blood of a lawyer? It’s called, Professional Courtesy”! 😉

Alistair Campbell
September 15, 2021 3:16 pm

So inept are our police these days, I have been anticipating reports of their prosecuting motorists for leaving engines idling too long during the hold-ups. Heard of none yet though.

M Courtney
Reply to  Alistair Campbell
September 15, 2021 3:38 pm

It is obvious that these protests have increased emissions by delaying cars.

They should be charged with failing to do an appropriate environmental impact assessment before commencing their protest.

Spetzer86
September 15, 2021 3:20 pm

“If they can save even one life?” How often have we heard that? Is their protest more or less meaningful if it ultimately leads to the loss of even one life?

John K. Sutherland.
September 15, 2021 3:31 pm

This is where my patented ‘Magic crowd control spray’ would come in handy. It is a fine spray that causes instant, involuntary release of the bowels. One application, and crowds magically disperse… usually being forced to walk home.

M Courtney
Reply to  John K. Sutherland.
September 15, 2021 3:39 pm

Not good for the car drivers who pass through later though. Messy.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  M Courtney
September 15, 2021 11:15 pm

I’m sure the filters on the air intake could deal with that!!!

n.n
Reply to  John K. Sutherland.
September 15, 2021 8:35 pm

A THC burst and gentle whisper to follow the rainbow. Legal, equitable, and inclusive. There is no need for planned protesterhood. No “heroes” to force disorder (“riot”).

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Alan the Brit
Reply to  John K. Sutherland.
September 15, 2021 11:14 pm

Don’t you mean “waddle” home? 😉

PaulH
September 15, 2021 3:43 pm

…89 protesters from the climate group, who are demanding Government action on home insulation

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when reading that these people think “government action on home insulation” is a hill to die upon. The 89 “protesters” clearly demonstrate that it is possible to poses a negative IQ.

Gary Remington
Reply to  PaulH
September 15, 2021 4:39 pm

I think that an organized mob action to compel better insulation is way too specific. I think that the insulation manufactures and installers are the hidden hands behind this.

HotScot
Reply to  Gary Remington
September 15, 2021 5:21 pm

Nope, Banks. 20 million government mandated home loans for £100,000 each is a lot of business for them.

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n.n
Reply to  Gary Remington
September 15, 2021 8:27 pm

Takes us back to days of freon, CFL, and forward to wind turbine forests and photovoltaic farms.

n.n
Reply to  PaulH
September 15, 2021 8:29 pm

Imaginary or transreal (i.e. a state or process of divergence).

Last edited 3 days ago by n.n
John Bell
September 15, 2021 3:54 pm

Afterward, the protesters got in their SUVs and drove home.

Thomas Gasloli
September 15, 2021 4:15 pm

Maybe police, prosecutors, and judges should do their d@mn job. If these were anti-mask or COVID vaccine protestors they would not have been allowed to do this a second time. The family of the victim should sue the government for allowing this to happen.

John in Oz
September 15, 2021 4:32 pm

“If any of you need anything just let me know”

This from a copper who is supposed to be arresting these loonies.

Perhaps the police could send their rainbow-painted inclusion vehicles to transport the loonies back to their yurts in cloud-cuckoo land

n.n
September 15, 2021 4:34 pm

Antifa with shades of Some, Select [Black] Lives Matter. Were there any “heroes”?

Right-Handed Shark
September 15, 2021 5:19 pm

Does anybody know where the water cannons that BoJo bought a few years ago are? Asking for a friend..

Disputin
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
September 16, 2021 1:55 am

I think they were sold off (at enormous loss) when Sajid took over.

MarkW
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
September 16, 2021 7:40 am

Were they left in Afghanistan?

Olen
September 15, 2021 5:47 pm

On a roadway there should be no warning to vacate.

Dean
September 15, 2021 5:58 pm

Reminded me of a train trip I took from London to Paris in 2004.

There was an announcement that the train would be travelling at slower speed than normal as protestors might be sitting on the tracks.

I thought for a while about the balls/lack of brain required to sit on high speed train tracks.

John
September 15, 2021 7:09 pm

its simple if you get a grader and push them off the motorway

It is an offense

the police should use lethal force

n.n
Reply to  John
September 15, 2021 8:22 pm

They need a “hero” to mitigate (i.e. abort), not a plausible, probable, or even an imminent, but an immediate and actual threat.

Martin
September 15, 2021 10:48 pm

Getting the government to organize home insulation didn’t work out too well here in Australia.

Climate believer
September 15, 2021 11:36 pm

Really?? there’s a protest group called “Insulate Britain”? wtf!

“What do we want?….Rockwool thermal insulation roll!…..when do we want it?….. NOW!!”

Of course they want the government (peoples taxes) to pay for it all, easy peesy, except Boris has just hiked up taxes to cover his current spending spree, so he’ll have to borrow from the banks.

UK gross debt £2,224.5 billion, UK net borrowing £304.0 billion.

What’s a few billion here or there if we’re saving the planet right?
 

JohnC
September 16, 2021 12:51 am

This could be considered a breach of the terrorism act as someone other a member of the group has been injured.
Section 1. –
(1) In this Act “terrorism” means the use or threat of action where-
(a) the action falls within subsection (2),
(b) the use or threat is designed to influence the government [or an international governmental organisation][3] or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and
(c) the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious[, racial][4] or ideological cause.
(2) Action falls within this subsection if it-
(a) involves serious violence against a person,
(b) involves serious damage to property,
(c) endangers a person’s life, other than that of the person committing the action,
(d) creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public, or
(e) is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.
(3) The use or threat of action falling within subsection (2) which involves the use of firearms or explosives is terrorism whether or not subsection (1)(b) is satisfied.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  JohnC
September 16, 2021 2:22 pm

On reflection …better not.
The moment plod gets it between his 2 thick ears, there’s a little bit of extra power available, he will abuse it, then lie to cover any errors up.
(Echos of Hillsborough, etc etc).

ozspeaksup
September 16, 2021 2:58 am

pity the police were there to halt traffic really

observa
September 16, 2021 3:16 am

Insulate Britain? They’ve just been insulated from French nukes and no doubt that will please these folk-
Power prices soar after key electricity cable between UK and France catches fire (msn.com)

DHR
September 16, 2021 6:42 am

Seems to me that what the UK needs are some pumper fire trucks to rinse the dirt off the road.

Coeur de Lion
September 16, 2021 7:09 am

Have they insulated their own houses ?

September 16, 2021 8:52 am

The odd thing is that there is already, and has been for several decades, a tranche of Government grants, readily available to UK householders, to pay for upgrading insulation in their homes. So what was the point of this protest?

Reply to  Bill Sticker
September 16, 2021 11:14 am

Bill,
As commenter upthread noted –
To prove, beyond doubt, that a negative IQ actually is possible.

Auto

BallBounces
September 16, 2021 9:51 am

Treated nicely. I mean, it’s not as if they sent out a mean tweet or something.

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