Fracking XR

A reader writes from Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens:

“I live overlooking the XR camp. They are using Calor gas and ironically our block is so energy efficient we never have the heating on but it is powered by renewables. I am spitting feathers with rage but police actually admitted they don’t know what’s going on…”

That wouldn’t be fracked gas being used to warm up their lentil soup… would it?

Extinction Rebellion Confronted By Actual Scientist

Newsnight had the excellent idea of pitting a nutty Extinction Rebellion protester (and former Green Party councillor) up against an actual scientist and author of the IPCC report on Climate Change last night, and although the IPCC;s Myles Allen tried to be polite to XR’s Sarah Lunnon, he calmly shot down her increasingly erratic predictions of “six and a half billion people dying” and calls to overthrow capitalism to reach net zero emissions in a little over five years. Newsnight’s Emma Barnett did a good job exposing their hysteria for what it is, following in the footsteps of Andrew Neil

The BBC would do well to stop giving loons at Extinction Rebellion airtime, especially when their increasingly baffling and anti-scientific claims are bemusing even IPCC scientists. XR would do well to heed their own banners and leaflets, which say “listen to the scientists” and “tell the truth”…

Protestors Storm Wrong Office

Animal Rebellion just tweeted that “Animal Rebellion have just stormed Cargill’s Head Office in London, named the worst company in the world for environmental destruction”. The office in the video it that of Carval, a subsidary which was sold by Cargill in a management buy-out last month. Incidentally, the agri-financial behemoth’s brokerage arm was the editor’s first employer in the City…

Department for Transport Graffitied by Climate Extremists

Extinction Rebellion have today turned their attention to attacking air travel as part of their ongoing campaign for a mythical luddite utopia. Throughout the day, protests have been taking place at London City Airport, during which a Paralympian managed to get on top of a plane and another began protesting his own flight just before takeoff. The police soon made sure he was Heathrown off the plane…

The campaign is, of course, plane stupid as Andrew Neil pointed out while taking an Extinction Rebellion spokesperson to task last night; as completely ending literally all air travel would only reduce global temperatures by 0.003°C.

Away from the airport, one climate communist took a spray can to the Department for Transport, graffiting the building with the bright pink words, “Fly today, die tomorrow” next to a picture of a human skull. The elderly culprit was soon ushered away in a police van.

Guido doesn’t think Extinction Rebellion’s latest campaign will take off any time soon…

Symbiotic Eco-Extremism

The leading anti-badger cull group – which has over 100,000 likes on Facebook – is taking full advantage of the stretched police resources thanks to their friends at the extremist Extinction Rebellion protests this week. The group, which features a burning tractor and masked saboteur in its cover photo, has told its followers:

“Tory police cuts combined with XR protests, may well now mean a significant drop in policing levels across the badger cull zones. Have fun pixies…”

Guido doesn’t want to badger, but the sooner these protests are over the better…

Extinction Rebellion Finally Subjected to Media Scrutiny

Last night, Andrew Neil took Extinction Rebellion spokesman Zion Lights to task over her organisation’s alarmist claims and anti-scientific arguments. Lights was taken to task over the Extinction Rebellion claim that “billions of people will die over the next few decades”, eventually admitting that what they were saying did not fall within the scientific mainstream and disclosing that “unfortunately alarmist language works.”

Extraordinarily for people who use soundbites like “listen to the scientists”, Lights ended up arguing against the scientific mainstream IPCC report, attacking it as presenting “very conservative numbers… using pre-industrial levels of data.” That’s undermining 6,000 scientific references, 91 authors, representing a global consensus with review editors from 40 countries. Lights ended up sounding like the people she purports to argue against, cherry-picking one or two eccentric researchers, against the vast scientific consensus…

Extinction Rebellion continually says “listen to the experts” but their demand of net zero emissions by 2025 directly contradicts the 2050 target that the experts are recommending.

When Neil posed the reality that in order to achieve Extinction Rebellion’s six year target, all flying would have to come to an end; all cars would have to be confiscated; meat would have to be rationed by the state; and all gas boilers and cookers would have to be removed from every home; Lights did not deny it, merely responding with the platitudinous comparison “we put a man on the moon.” The entire excruciating interview is worth watching in full.

Extinction Rebellion have escaped proper scrutiny for months, despite receiving blanket news coverage. Other broadcasters and journalists should watch this interview and take note…

Was it as a result of Neil’s interview that Corbyn deleted his tweet calling for a net zero target of just 2030? He replaced it with a tweet committing to everything the previous one did, save for that extreme 2030 pledge…

Which MPs Haven’t Collected their Extinction Rebellion Tree?

Well down the list of Extinction Rebellion’s Christmas list manifesto is to encourage the planting of more trees. As part of their Westminster protests, the climate communists have set up stall opposite Parliament with the offer of one free tree for each MP to take back to their constituency and plant. Go back to your constituencies, and prepare to save the planet…

Guido thought he’d pop along to see which MPs have turned down the kind offer, and given the self-professed climate credentials of some MPs he was surprised to see their trees still unclaimed. Appropriately, Barry Gardiner had collected his…

Particularly surprising to see uncollected was Ed Miliband’s tree, who, as a former environment secretary, has made banging on about the environment his métier, Jeremy Corbyn’s, who could easily pop it in the corner of his allotment; and Rory Stewart’s, who made planting 100 million trees one of his key pledges when running for the Tory leadership. Not a spot on Extinction Rebellion’s stated aim of one billion…

Guido also thought Extinction Rebellion might be interested in noting that over the last 35 years, global forest loss has been more than offset by new forest growth anyway. MPs have until early afternoon to collect their sapling. Guido’s sure they would reGreta missing out…

Boris on Extinction Rebellion

At the launch of Charles Moore’s third and final Thatcher biography last night hosted by Policy Exchange, Boris Johnson took the opportunity to comment on the surrounding “uncooperative crusties and protesters of all kinds littering the road”

“When we are waylaid in the streets, as I am sure we will be, by importunate nose-ringed dreadlocked climate change protesters”

“[Margaret Thatcher] took it seriously long before Greta Thunberg.”

“The best thing possible for the education of the denizens of those heaving, hemp smelling, bivouacs that now litter Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park and the rest of them. The best thing for them would be to stop blocking the traffic and buy a copy of Charles’ magnificent book.

Safe to say he’s not a particular fan…

Police Shut Down Four Extinction Rebellion Sites

Extinction Rebellion leaders have admitted that four of their sites have now been shut down by police, including Lambeth Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Smithsfield Market, and a site on Millbank. See the flashpoints of cleared sites in Guido’s battle graphic above…

In a Telegram message to protesters, leaders admitted “police removal teams are moving fast” and of their sites, “8/12 [remain] standing.” Police forces seem to be moving a lot faster than earlier in the year…

Read the leaked telegram message from Extinction Rebellion leaders here…

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Extinction Rebellion Start Begging for Food

In a snub to the many homeless people in Westminster, Extinction Rebellion have resorted to publicly begging for food donations on only the second day of their self-indulgent protest. Ironically the protesters can’t just pop to the shops as their road blockages have stopped the shelves being restocked

In a Tweet, Extinction Rebellion said their “overnight rebels need hot water, ready-to-eat vegan food, tents, sleeping gear and warm clothes. Please help them. Many are preparing to go on hunger strike so they need some food now”. Guido sympathises with the rebels’ hunger – the protesters stopped his Tesco delivery arriving this morning…

Extinction Rebellion Use Second Untaxed Vehicle in Protests

Immediately after Extinction Rebellion’s widely-publicised Fire Tankie protest last week, keen-eyed co-conspirators spotted their truck was untaxed. Odd for such a left-wing organisation…

Their protest today – although overall less bloody – involved a hearse blocking the road at Trafalgar Square. Presumably the body in the back wasn’t connected to last week’s blood collection drive…

Embarrassingly, today’s vehicle was also untaxed – and has been for a fortnight. If Guido has to cover another of these untaxed protest vehicles, he’ll be accused of flogging a dead hearse …

Extinction Rebellion Protests Causing Food Shortages

Civil service workers, wonks, and politicos were frustrated this lunchtime when they discovered that Monck Street Tesco’s shelves were bare. A Tesco worker told one co-conspirator that the delivery van can’t get through due to the protests. Already causing food shortages and that’s before any of their medieval policies have been adopted…

Tom in Twitter Jail

Appearing on Sky News, Guido’s Tom-off-the-Telly left the studio with a spring in his step after another successful TV appearance. However the smile soon slipped from his face after discovering Twitter has suspended him for 12 hours. The crime? Calling on the police to tackle Extinction Rebellion protestors…

Tom got suspended for calling on the police to be authorised to taser the Lambeth Bridge blocking rebels, just days after Priti Patel pledged £10 million to equip 60% of the boys in blue with tasers. Guido expects Twitter to be going after Priti’s account imminently… Unfortunately, Tom Couldn’t be DM’d for comment…

Extinction Rebellion Admit They Will Cause Disruption to St Thomas’ Hospital

Extinction Rebellion’s ‘Blood’ Spray Stunt Literally Backfires

Extinction Rebellion’s stunt outside the Treasury got off to a hilariously bad start, when they lost control of the hose after just a few seconds, spraying their entire team with red paint and missing most of the Treasury. Blood on their hands…

H/T @DavidSamFrancis

Extinction Rebellion Spray 1800 Litres of Fake Blood Over the Treasury

In a protest that has left one of the oldest buildings in Whitehall looking like a scene from War of the Worlds, climate communists Extinction Rebellion have just sprayed 1800 litres of fake blood over the treasury using an old fire engine. Maybe the Treasury need to fight fire with fire…

The specific motive is unclear apart from a sign on the fire engine saying “stop funding climate…”. They say blood is thicker than water, but XR are thicker than most…

UPDATE: That black smoke coming out their fire engine doesn’t look particularly environmentally friendly…

UPDATE II: The gas guzzling fire engine appears to be untaxed and not have an MOT. Alongside this, the Treasury building is Grade One listed, and the alteration of its exterior looks like a clear breach of the Planning Act 1990. Could this have gone any worse for XR?

H/T @DavidSamFrancis

No Coffee For You, Prime Minister

After a slue of late night receptions with Tory members, Boris was denied his much needed caffeine hit this morning by his press team – all because it came in the wrong cup. When Number 10 Press Secretary Rob Oxley handed the Prime Minister a cup of coffee, it was swiftly snatched away by events aide Shelley Williams-Walker who scolded him saying “No disposable cups.” Oxley was later spotted buying a KeepCup and a mug at the Tory Party conference shop…

UPDATE: Several hours later…

Inside Extinction Rebellion’s Safe Space With the Climate Communists

Today, Guido popped round the corner to go deep behind enemy lines and see Extinction Rebellion’s School Strike for Climate Change in action. Or should that say Central London’s latest communist recruitment drive…

The Socialist Workers Party, Momentum, and Stand Up to Racism all turned up to push propaganda to children, whilst surrounded by multiple communist flags. Similarly, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Stop the War Coalition and even the Kurdistan Workers’ Party turned up to… well at the very least enjoy the sun.

Whilst listening to the (very sweary) speeches from the main stage, Guido was interested to hear one speaker claim there were so many people in attendance she couldn’t see Parliament Square – which would be a difficult feat on any day given the stage was situated half a mile away…

Guido’s ears also perked up at the invitation to visit Extinction Rebellion’s safe space tents on Victoria Tower Gardens should the protest get a bit too much for the more fragile revolutionaries. Visiting, Guido was amused to discover the tents weren’t mere safe spaces but “prayer spaces”. Guido was just praying for it all to be over…

Guido spotted the tent with the help of the communist flags marking the entrance. Not an ideology famed for its religious tolerance…

Andy Burnham Criticised By School Strikers

The price politicians of all stripes will face for indulging the extremist demands of the eco loons. Give them an inch and they’ll still want a light-year…

H/t: Anna Jameson

Are You Ready to Climate Strike? Take the Quiz!

Gaia’s friends at the Global Warming Policy Forum have produced a handy fun quiz for the kids skipping school to ‘strike’ over climate change today:

Are you ready to climate strike? Our handy quiz lets kids test their climate change knowledge Today, children across the world are going to go on strike to show their concern over climate change.

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