Jailed Insulate Britain protester went globe-trotting in a gas-guzzling 4×4 pick-up truck


By Paul Homewood

h/t Dave Ward

You could not make it up!

An Insulate Britain activist jailed after blocking traffic spent more than two years driving across the world in a diesel 4×4.

As she was jailed for four months, Emma Smart announced that she was going on hunger strike as she insisted that her actions were “morally right” and “in my heart I know I am on the right side of history”.

But the 44 year old, who has been arrested a number of times for her protest activities, including a previous charge for blocking a motorway, has been accused of hypocrisy after she drove more than 81,000 miles across 52 countries in a diesel vehicle.

A blog post by Smart said that they had returned to the UK to earn money and were in a position to continue their travels in the 25-year-old four-wheel drive in around 2019, but they put the plans “on pause” to join Extinction Rebellion (XR) and engage in climate activism.

Before becoming involved in XR, Smart and her partner, who describe themselves as “valiant adventurers whose dream is to circumnavigate the planet”, drove across Europe, the Western Sahara and central and south-east Asia.

Their travels between 2012 and 2016 included trips to Spain, Italy, Mongolia, Russia, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Iran, India, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia.

They returned to the UK in order to get jobs and earn money, Smart said, and two and a half years after they had returned they had saved enough to ship their Toyota Hilux to South America and begin what they described as “phase 4” of their travels.


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Bill Toland
November 19, 2021 2:04 am

Don’t you realise that climate alarmists are totally exempt from any restrictions that they want to impose on little people like us?

Phillip Bratby
Reply to  Bill Toland
November 19, 2021 3:13 am

They are so Smart that they do not understand hypocrisy.

Martin C
Reply to  Phillip Bratby
November 19, 2021 11:02 am

Kruger-Dunning at its finest . . !

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Bill Toland
November 19, 2021 4:46 am

She probably bought a lot of carbon credits from Al Gore, to offset her output of CO2.

Reply to  Bill Toland
November 19, 2021 5:20 am

Sounds a lot like the socialism that most of them also want to impose on the world.

Reply to  Bill Toland
November 19, 2021 7:59 am

I live across the street from an elementary school. Every morning, parents are lined up in their cars to drop kids off, and in the evening, there is a long queue of cars waiting to pick their kids up. Why don’t climate activists control these people (and I wonder how many of them are climate activists). Never mind — I know — it would not be a good outcome (per the Dilbert comic strip, “Must control fist of death”.)

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Bill Toland
November 19, 2021 10:41 am

They get a special dispensation for driving on the moral high-ground.

You take the low-road, and she takes the high-road, and she’ll be in Glasgow afore ye.

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
November 19, 2021 11:13 am

The song recounts the choice made by a Scottish, Jacobite soldier, making the choice of travelling the Low Road back to Scotland (executed by the English for his beliefs) lamenting he’ll never meet his wife again on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. The alternative is to betray his countrymen by choosing to recant his loyalty to Bonnie Prince Charlie and ‘enjoy’ imprisonment, the High Road.

Abolition Man
November 19, 2021 2:22 am

The Toyota Hilux is hardly gas-guzzling; especially when it’s a diesel!
This actually should be seen as a great tragedy. A young woman goes off on an extended trip seeking adventure and excitement. Upon returning home to replenish the finances; she falls prey to a vicious, fundamentalist cult which has no compunctions whatever about sacrificing humans on their altar of secular Progressivism! It is at best 2 or 3 stars on the Hallmark Movie of the Week, depending on how the heroine is able to escape from her captors and return to a life of fun and adventure!
At least 4 stars if they upgrade to a Dodge Powerwagon with a twin-turbo diesel V-10!

Ron Long
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 19, 2021 2:29 am

Make that five stars if she does a nude scene with a body double.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Ron Long
November 19, 2021 6:37 am

“she does a nude scene with a body double”

That comes during the prison scenes.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
November 20, 2021 3:23 am

non-consensual lesbian.

Reply to  Ron Long
November 19, 2021 5:02 pm


Not with devout leftists!
It’s impossible to unsee those images. Day and nightmares for weeks…

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 19, 2021 3:06 am

81,000 miles is more than most people do in 10 years in the UK, so, yeah, a big fossil fuel consumer And diesel fuel in Asia/Africa is of poor quality and high sulphur content, so very polluting. And that would have cost a lot of money, so she’s well off clearly.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 19, 2021 5:21 am

Drop her off in the middle of Africa with a Tesla and this problem might disappear.

Reply to  Abolition Man
November 19, 2021 3:06 am

She’s 44 years old; she’s not a young woman anymore

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Lrp
November 19, 2021 3:20 am

seems young to we septuagenarians

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Lrp
November 19, 2021 6:39 am

She may be 44, but she acts like a 15 year old.

Andre Thomas Lewis
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
November 19, 2021 4:49 pm

Most 15 year olds are smarter

Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
November 19, 2021 5:06 pm

Maybe a terrible two year old.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Lrp
November 19, 2021 3:22 pm

When she was off on her drive-about she was 35-38 years old. I don’t know about you, but even 44 looks pretty young from where I’m standing!

Reply to  Lrp
November 19, 2021 5:05 pm

Well, young to me…

Still, she’s stark raving leftist looney!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 19, 2021 4:47 am

“Upon returning home to replenish the finances; she falls prey to a vicious, fundamentalist cult”

Good way to put it. I laughed out loud. 🙂

Reply to  Abolition Man
November 19, 2021 11:21 am

She was a nutter before she drove her 25 year old diesel on her extended trip.

Had she used a modern diesel vehicle with emission controls one might have had a modicum of respect for her, but this gobsh!te slapper was on a jolly, nothing more.

What did she actually do on her extended trip for humanity? Absolutely nothing, whilst the rest of us, who would love to drive thousands of miles into the wilderness, stayed home and worked, paid Taxes and contributed to our society.

She’s still a nutter and should be locked away in an asylum.

Abolition Man
Reply to  HotScot
November 19, 2021 3:37 pm

Now, HotScot,
Cool your jets! She may be a nutter, but if we went around locking up all of them up who would be left to run for office or make movies in Hollywood?
I myself would have happily traveled to far off climes and countries, but settled for extensive backpacking trips in the Sierra Nevadas instead. Perhaps during her travels abroad she was exposed to a mind destroying parasite that left her more susceptible to weak minded, emotional arguments from religious nuts!
We should try to help her through her trials and tribulations, but keep her away from sharp objects, power tools, and motor vehicles!

Ed Zuiderwijk
November 19, 2021 2:35 am

Are we really surprised?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
November 19, 2021 4:50 am

No, we are not surprised. It’s par for the course.

Patrick MJD
November 19, 2021 2:55 am

One of the most vocal protestors went on British TV recently and moaned about the number of properties in the UK that are not insulated (An expensive process) and he himself, in his rather expensive property, is uninsulated and when challenged stormed out of the studio.

I am glad to see a judge in the UK serving prison sentences to nine of these nutters. I wonder if any of them will offer support to the various people who they directly prevented from receiving medical treatment and are now paralyzed?

Here in Victoria, Australia, we have dictator Dan trying to pass draconian laws that will make “pandemic” laws permanent and activated by him. He has until 15th Dec to pass them, They are already passed in the lower house (Weak sh!ts) and about 3 upper house MPs “say” they won’t cross the floor and support Andrews. And he calls double speak on the PM and protesters as “evil”.

Australia: The Lucky Country! Ha!

Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 19, 2021 4:45 am

lucky XiDans not the pm is about it for luck

Gerry, England
Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 19, 2021 6:48 am

Be advised that in the UK nobody ever serves the full term. Take it as read it will only be half that.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 19, 2021 11:26 am

Up until about two years ago I was gradually persuading my wife that retiring to Australia would be a really good move for us.

As bad as the UK might be right now, It hasn’t a patch on Aus. which is reverting to its original purpose as a penal colony.

Sorry Aussies, but you have got to do something about your polys PDQ.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  HotScot
November 20, 2021 1:38 am

Swings and roundabouts. It is getting worse here in Aus. I don’t conform to the state “mandates” as they are in breach of federal law. I migrated here from New Zealand in 2005. I would never go back to NZ now. But I know I have maybe 15 years left, so I will make do here. Though I do plan to travel to the UK at least once in that time when the sc@mdemic is over (Yeah I know, given what has happened in Austria and Germany it will never be over. A repeat of 1939?).

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 21, 2021 5:17 pm

When our current NZ Prime Minister and communist Cindy Ardern loses the next election, and the centre-right parties join in a coalition to defeat the lefties, NZ should rescind all the recent leftie legislation and return to sanity and normality. I suggest you defer a decision for about 3 years, then return home.

Reply to  HotScot
November 20, 2021 1:44 am

Hot, someone pointed out that the problem with Oz is not so much that they are descended from convicts as there are so many descended from prison officers.

November 19, 2021 3:29 am

Why do they want to waste time & money “insulating Britain”??
… the same people keep telling us “the world is over heating”, “UK will have a Mediterranean climate in 5yrs”, “the planet is on fire” !!!

IF that’s true, shouldn’t they be forcing the government to provide us all with fire extinguishers ???

Jay Willis
Reply to  saveenergy
November 19, 2021 3:35 am

Yeah I never realised the irony in that before. Insulate to stop the warming! Irony can be so ironic.

Reply to  Jay Willis
November 19, 2021 10:20 am

Not really. Where I live the temperature range is -40C to +40C. Not surprisingly our houses are insulated during construction, making it obviously far less expensive that retro-fitting. And the obvious reason for said insulation is the first number I posted. But I can tell you the second number is relevant as well. When the summers are really warm, the insulation actually helps keep the house cooler, much as it keeps it warmer in the winter. If you have central air conditioning, as many do, this reduces your energy use rather considerably (I’d hazard a guess at 25% reduction or more). So it actually does make sense.

Vancouver, Canada is a location that has homes that tend to lack insulation, much as would be the case in England. My sister lives there in a home constructed in the 1970s and they freeze when it actually gets cold (keep in mind cold for Vancouver is -5C) and they tend to be very warm when it actually heats up. An appropriate amount of insulation would help in both situations.

I certainly get the point on the irony however.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  buggs
November 20, 2021 12:07 am

I am curious about your sister’s home. The 1970s were when insulation was all the rage for new & existing homes because of the oil crisis at the time when heating-oil costs sky-rocketed. Building Regulations (Codes for you Colonials) standards were being raised to take into account the rising costs of fuel for heating, & gas was not widespread within the UK at the time, Global Warming hadn’t been invented back then. Still there are many homes in Britain that require insulating & others re-insulating to improve heat-retention for the winter months, some costs will be subsidised no doubt, but fuel costs will inevitably rise then level off, as they usually do!!!

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  saveenergy
November 19, 2021 3:56 am

And central air conditioning! I live in a Mediterranean climate and it is a wonderful thing to be sure. However, I would not complain if our winters were warmer. Unless you guys can tow the British Isles closer to the equator, you are unlikely to experience the joys of a Mediterranean climate any time soon.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
November 19, 2021 6:43 am

Hey, we folks in Florida send them our warm water via the Gulf Stream. Without that they’d be Greenland.

Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
November 19, 2021 5:13 pm

Certainly, not this interglacial.

Reply to  saveenergy
November 19, 2021 5:25 am

Don’t lose sight of the fact that they are campaigning for the “insulation of social housing”

Insulate Britain is a new campaign group that is calling on the UK government to put in place policy and funding for a national home insulation programme starting with all social housing. – IB Open letter

The most recent figures I could find were

Private: ~4.5 million in 2017

Public: ~4.5 million in 2017


The trend is rising slowly toward private away from public ownership.

So , these toffs think insulating roughly half the housing stock is the answer to Gaia’s dreams? Much of social housing is post-war.

Gerry, England
Reply to  fretslider
November 19, 2021 6:54 am

I though the UK had done a lot of insulating of social housing by wrapping it around the outside. True, that does have a fundamental flaw as was shown recently although in truth it was ably demonstrated back in 1999.

Reply to  Gerry, England
November 19, 2021 8:38 am

It has!

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Gerry, England
November 20, 2021 12:12 am

Theorectically insulating a property externally is the better way as it utilises the thermal mass of the structure. There is a risk of a condition known as Interstitial Condensation which causes moisture build up within the building fabric.

Reply to  fretslider
November 19, 2021 5:30 pm

these toffs think insulating roughly half the housing stock”

Half is hardly the amount they’re aiming to insulate. Try most of UK’s buildings.

Should I mention that timber harvest, sawing trees into boards and kiln drying are 100% fossil fuel products?
Spun glass insulation or worse, expanded foam insulation are fossil fuel products.

Limit fossil fuels will drive these product prices through the roof, even uninsulated ones.

USA went through a period where builders and contractors ‘insulated’ houses and business buildings. Then it was in the name of efficiency.

Then they entered thirty-forty years of sick building syndrome from people living or working in those freshly insulated buildings..
The worst affected were built by those inexperienced at insulating buildings.

Even contractors and builders who were experienced had problems as they expanded their crews trying to meet demand.

Turns out that buildings need healthy fresh air exchanges with the outside air.

Then, there is their nightmare scenario demanding everyone to install heat pumps.

Reply to  saveenergy
November 19, 2021 7:03 am

“Insulate Britain protestor” made me search for what is “insulate” mean as an adjective (even Oxford English dictionary only defined as a verb). I did not realize until reading this comment that the movement is “Insulate Britain”. Do they mean like fiberglass insulation for homes? Another meaning of insulate is “to place in an isolated situation or condition; segregate”, maybe that is what they mean heh. Cut off Britain from the world.

Reply to  menace
November 19, 2021 12:43 pm

That is easy, just cut the nuclear electricity cable with France.

Abolition Man
Reply to  menace
November 19, 2021 3:45 pm

I believe what they are referring to is the movement to insulate the minds of the British people from any history, facts or science that debunks their religion!
Anything that they can gin up that appears to support the dogma is pushed by the televangelists of the BBC and the other dinosaur media. Just ask the griffter; he appears to be a willing mouthpiece for any and all who toe the Climastrology line!

Lurker Pete
November 19, 2021 3:50 am

I met these two a few yrs ago at the overland expo, promoting their podcast, and trying to sell and “overland design service”, a mean feat at that venue, sat in front of a truck with a wire cable on the winch (use synthetic winch rope FFS), unimpressive enthusiastic amatures with more PR sense than common sense. They managed to get promoted on the BBC, clearly some media connections in the background as a ‘production manager’ on wildlife films.

She’s done a LOT more travelling than the 4×4 stuff, her whole life has been flying around the world, they detail their conversion to astroturfing activists on their blog too.


Pamela Matlack-Klein
November 19, 2021 4:06 am

There are entirely too many people with not enough to do nowadays. It is too easy for nutters to decide that they know better than anyone else how people should live and then try to impose their ideas on all the rest of us. I, for one, am sick of this tyranny of the noisy! I am perfectly capable of deciding for myself if I wish to eat meat or not, drive an EV or not, install solar panels or not, reduce my carbon footprint or not, etc. I don’t need to be lectured and nagged by a bunch of dogooders with a shaky to non-existent grasp of the natural laws that govern the world temperatures and various climates.

Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
November 19, 2021 5:52 am

Indeed. I am reminded of my favorite Bertrand Russell quote:

Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.


In the process of searching for the above quotation, I stumbled on the following:

The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic because in arithmetic there is knowledge, but in theology there is only opinion.

Just substitute Marxism or climate science or woke for theology in the above quote.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
November 19, 2021 6:56 am

They are worse than ‘do-gooders’ as they seek to legally make you choices for you so are better described as Fascists.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
November 20, 2021 12:27 am

Sorry but that isn’t so!!! It’s a well known fact that people like you have insufficient education & limited intelligence so you have to be shown how to behave, act, think, told what to eat, drink, etc, & that is simply because they know best what is good for everyone, that’s is why the more extre err knowledgeable peeps have a duty to tell you, me, & everyone who disagrees with them, what to do!!! Sarc off, it’s a Saturday!!!

November 19, 2021 4:12 am

So very typical of the middle and upper middle classes in the new feudalism.

Most people couldn’t afford half that trip – they have to [try to] go to work, anyway.

A regular snob

Alan the Brit
Reply to  fretslider
November 20, 2021 12:29 am

It is the New World Order, that we must all submit to, the Neo Feudalism is here!!!

John Bell
November 19, 2021 5:03 am

EXACTLY what I see from all the virtue signalers, HYPOCRISY GALORE!!

November 19, 2021 5:19 am

I’m going on a hunger strike.
I’m going to stop eating cavier until everyone in the world starts doing what I tell them to do.

November 19, 2021 5:19 am

I guess the smart car was not suitable.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
November 19, 2021 12:56 pm

When is a smart car suitable?

Reply to  MarkW
November 19, 2021 1:33 pm

When one needs to get computer chips. Chop-shop it.

November 19, 2021 5:21 am

That was a very dangerous trip–she could have ended up stranded in Portland or Seattle or St. Paul.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
November 19, 2021 12:57 pm

I suspect Kenosha is going to get hot tonight.

November 19, 2021 5:24 am

But she’s saving the world, so of course she gets a free pass

November 19, 2021 6:09 am

They needed a paying job to live & save money for their next CO2 fuelled holiday so they chose XR (Extinction Rebellion).
XR or XR sponsors are obviously paying/employing people to do the protests & law breaking. Follow the money. It’s amazing how their virtues increase as soon as someone else is paying the bills. It’s not altruism of everyday people, it’s planned & organised by professionals & corporations. The PR, photos, video & media are pre-written & coordinated. The lawyers are at the ready with their templated defenses. The celebrities are briefed & booked.

Juan Slayton
November 19, 2021 7:32 am

…they had saved enough to ship their Toyota Hilux to South America and begin what they described as “phase 4” of their travels.

Dear Valiant Adventurers,
You first hand exploration of the Old World is impressive, as is your ambition to explore the New World. I suggest you round out your experience by starting with Venezuela. After that you might undertake to drive your robust diesel through the Darien. Don’t stop for hitchhikers though, if they are not economic refugees from Haiti or Venezuela, they will likely be cartel traffickers looking for new business opportunities.

John the Econ
November 19, 2021 7:37 am

I figure that as long as I maintain a carbon footprint smaller than that of prominent eco-fascists, I am the superior human being.

Reply to  John the Econ
November 19, 2021 9:56 am

carbon footprint notwithstanding …. You could burn through 10 times the CO2 production as this Smart loon (and those selfish deluede assholes like her) & you would be a superior human being

Alan the Brit
Reply to  DonM
November 20, 2021 12:36 am

I note that she mentioned nothing of the poverty, hunger, sickness, among the native peoples she encountered as a result of limited access if any to fossil fuels!!!

Michael in Dublin
November 19, 2021 7:39 am

If a young child is having a tantrum to get attention, your can either ignore them or give them a good bare handed smack on the bottom. I wonder if Emma Smart ever had one of these. A pampered child often grows up to be an even worse selfish adult. Deprive her of being able to get the attention she craves.

November 19, 2021 7:44 am

She’s a bimbo.

November 19, 2021 7:56 am

I wonder what type of job she has to make that kind of money.

Reply to  littlepeaks
November 19, 2021 5:42 pm

It ain’t one that requires hard physical work.

November 19, 2021 8:25 am

I think I recognize those guys –

Citizen Smith
November 19, 2021 8:38 am

She’s not a hypocrite. She holds an exemption. She cares more about the environment than the average person. She’s a superenviromentalist.

November 19, 2021 9:56 am

Blocking highways, forcing people to idle their cars (actual pollutants from vehicle emissions are typically the worst when idling), or driving longer, or going home and trying again…all increase CO2 emissions.

Nice job, SJW. Hypocrisy? Check. Doing more harm than good for your supposed cause? Check. Unintended consequences? Check. Still acting smug and self righteous even after your fraud is exposed? Check. You did it perfectly.

To bed B
November 19, 2021 10:31 am

Probably zero hypocrisy since they only protested for money.

Richard Patton
November 19, 2021 12:52 pm

What I’m wondering about is where did they get their money for their attempt to drive around the world? Here is another case of those with money telling those of us without that we are the evil ones.

Martin Pinder
November 19, 2021 1:30 pm

She’s going on hunger strike? I hope she starves to death!

Reply to  Martin Pinder
November 19, 2021 5:49 pm

I hope her cell mate and neighbors in the cell block get the best food and desserts while she is without food.

High salt vegetable bouillon broth for her.

November 19, 2021 2:27 pm
John in Oz
November 19, 2021 4:09 pm

Similar to Prince Charles and his equine consort who protest vociferously at COP26 then go on a 4 day bender, by aircraft, to Egypt.

No date for when Buck House will be demolished to make space for low cost housing and hydroponic veggie beds

Craig from Oz
November 19, 2021 6:18 pm

Strange woman.

Seems to crave attention.

“I’m going on a hungry strike!!”

Yes… because people care about you.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
November 20, 2021 3:22 am

What can you say? Nothing, except “par for the course.”

November 20, 2021 7:47 am

Of the Seven Deadly Sins the eighth, Hypocrisy, is by far the worst!

Walter Pate
November 20, 2021 11:51 am

Do as I say, not as I do…

Gerald Hanner
November 20, 2021 12:34 pm

The UK has more than its fair share of crackpots and other forms of eccentric views and behavior. Having live there for three years, I got to meet a few of them.

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