Latest Roger Hallam / Insulate Britain furore
Posted by Ian M on October 5, 2021, 7:23 pm
Right wing press losing their shit: |
'Public fury explodes at Insulate Britain mastermind Roger Hallam for saying he would block ambulance with dying patient in - hours after his self-righteous acolytes REFUSED to move for crying woman trying to get to mother, 81, in hospital
Climate zealot Roger Hallam said he wouldn't have moved for woman trying to get to her mother in hospital
Enviro-idiots brought parts of London to a standstill for more than four hours by blocking commuter routes
Demonstrators from Extinction Rebellion offshoot Insulate Britain clashed with motorists yesterday morning
They caused huge tailbacks close to the centre of the city on what is the group's eleventh day of protests
Police have complained they lack powers to stop eco-protesters from bringing arterial roads to a standstill
It comes just 24 hours after Boris Johnson and Priti Patel threatened six-month jail terms for eco-protesters
***Do you know who the woman trying to get to her mother in hospital is? And do you know who the man wearing the Camfaud uniform is? Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org***
By James Robinson and Jack Wright and Mark Duell and Jaya Narain For The Mail On Sunday
Britons last night erupted in fury after the mastermind of enviro-mob Insulate Britain said he would block an ambulance with a dying patient inside in order to continue his eco-protests.
Without a moment's hesitation, Roger Hallam gave a firm 'yes' when asked if he would block an ambulance transporting a critically ill patient to a hospital for treatment.
The extraordinary admission, made during an interview with the Unbreak the Planet podcast, came after a tearful woman was filmed urging Insulate Britain protestors to move so she could get her 81-year-old mother to the hospital.
But asked what he would have done in that situation, Hallam - an organic farmer - replied in a steely tone: 'I'd stay there'.
The eco-zealot's controversial comments sparked outrage from Britons, some of whom accused him of 'selfish', while others claimed he was turning them against the climate movement.
Do you know who the woman trying to get to her mother in hospital is? And do you know who the man wearing the Camfaud uniform is?
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And Nigel Farage, debating the issue on his GB News show, also added chipped in with his fury, saying the public were 'sick of' the eco-mob's disruptive protests.
He said: 'I can't even tell you the absolute contempt I feel for Roger Hallam for saying those words and of all of those people there on Wandsworth bridge this morning, not listening to the genuine pleas of that woman.
'I'm sick to death of the Government talking tough about this, people's lives being inconvenienced, people's jobs and income being threatened. We need to arrest these people, to charge these people, and to put these people out of harm's way.'
Meanwhile Britons also took to Twitter to share their frustration at the eco-zealots and group mastermind Hallam. , with one user, Lucy Lynton, saying: 'People like Roger Hallam of InsulateBritain make me feel disgust and fury.
'My theory, when someone is that extreme, is they care not for their supposed cause and are just social misfits full of hatred for their fellow man. I'm sickened by what's become of the ClimateChange movement.'
Another wrote: 'Roger Hallam… you complete selfish moron!!! Now this is when being called selfish should be used!! Good on those who dragged them away...'
However some showed support, with one even saying they wanted to join the eco-zealot's cause, saying: 'The problem isn't that a few people are out blocking roads, it's that were not all out blocking roads. If I had the courage of my convictions I'd be joining them. There is a climate emergency that will result in untold suffering if unchecked.'
It comes after a tearful woman was seen yesterday trying to get to her unwell 81-year-old mother in a Canterbury hospital slammed 'selfish' eco-morons who had blocked the Blackwall Tunnel, Hanger Lane and Wandsworth Bridge between 8am and 12pm.
Tensions flared as a paramedic crew joined furious drivers and pulled enviro-idiots - some of whom are repeat offenders who have been arrested and released by police during past demos - off the road at Wandsworth Bridge, while a woman at Blackwall Tunnel trying to get to her mother in hospital lashed out at the mob: 'How can you be so selfish?'
Married father-of-one Bill Wilson, 55, who has serious health problems after spending weeks in a coma after testing positive for Covid, was even forced to cancel three important hi-tech scans at Royal Brompton Hospital due to Insulate Britain's stunt.
The eco-mob's protest - the eleventh in the past month - caused huge tailbacks and inflicted misery on millions of people trying to get into the capital, including workers trying to help kickstart London's wounded economy after 18 months of Covid restrictions.
But attempt to justify his stance, Hallam told Unbreak the Planet: 'What we're talking about is the loss of people's pensions in the next ten years, the loss of people's incomes, the mass migration of hundreds of millions of people, the indescribable injustice to people of colour in the global south because of the collective selfishness of people in the north.
'We're talking about the biggest crime in human history imposed by the rich against the global poor.'
Tories promising severe crackdowns and possible changes to the law:
Motorway protests: Patel to promise new powers over blockages
The home secretary will promise tougher powers to tackle demonstrators blocking motorways, after a string of protests by climate activists.
At the Tory party conference this week, Priti Patel will announce plans for longer sentences and new powers for police to seize protesters' equipment.
Climate group Insulate Britain has blocked the M1, M4 and M25 in protests over the last three weeks.
Their campaign has already led to hundreds of arrests.
On Sunday, the government took out a fresh injunction aimed at preventing activists obstructing traffic on motorways and main roads around London.
It is the third such court order taken out by the National Highways agency in an attempt to stop demonstrations on major roads in south-east England.
Anyone breaking the injunction faces imprisonment or an unlimited fine. However, previous injunctions have failed to stop the protests.
Ms Patel said the government would not "tolerate guerrilla tactics that obstruct people going about their day-to-day business".
Boris Johnson told the Mail on Sunday that although the right to protest was "sacrosanct", there is "no right to inflict chaos and misery on people trying to go about their lives".
"This government will always stand on the side of the law-abiding majority, and ensure the toughest penalties possible for criminals who deliberately bring major roads to a standstill.
"We will give the police the powers they need to stop their reckless and selfish behaviour."
Insulate BritainImage source, PA Media
Image caption, Insulate Britain's protests have included occupying roundabouts on the M25
Home Office sources said the government would seek to introduce the new powers by amending the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
The wide-ranging legislation, which already includes new police powers over protests, is making its way through Parliament.
Ministers want to make obstructing a highway punishable by an unlimited fine, six months imprisonment, or both. It currently carries a maximum fine of £1,000.
They also want to hand the police new powers to stop and search protesters suspected of carrying so-called "lock-on" equipment - such as glue or bike locks - used to secure themselves to protest sites.
This would add to existing police powers to stop and search individuals for offensive weapons and items intended for committing theft, burglary or damage to property.
Insulate Britain's campaign, which has been going for more than three weeks, has seen more than 300 arrests.
The group, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, has previously vowed to continue campaigning despite arrests and injunctions.
In an open latter to Ms Patel last week it said: "You can throw as many injunctions at us as you like, but we are going nowhere."
The campaigners want the government to insulate all homes across the UK by 2030 to help cut carbon emissions.
The government said it was investing £1.3bn to support people to install energy efficiency measures.
The Hallam video in question, interviewer spinning his web from 31:45. Hallam recognises it's a tabloid gotcha moment, and as usual in the context of the discussion it comes across as fair comment, though Hallam doesn't help himself by stepping in the trap...
Monbiot investigates the other claim of somebody getting paralysed because of an ambulance being stuck in traffic and finds it lacking evidence:
I've been trying to find out more about a case reported across the media, of a woman allegedly left paralysed by Insulate Britain protests. So far the only evidence I can find is a call to a phone-in show by someone who didn't provide a surname. Has it been confirmed? Thanks.
The Daily Mail made this request to its readers:
"Do you know Chris or his mother affected by the protest? Get in touch"
It has not followed up, as far as I can see. This raises questions for me. It's the kind of story the Mail would give more space to if it had more material.
None of the media outlets that reported it appear to have conducted due diligence on this important story, ie attempted to discover whether or not it is true. It might be true. But you'd hope for a higher evidential bar than a call to a phone-in, without even a surname.
Someone has pointed out to me that the caller was introduced as calling from Kingsclere in Hampshire, which is 36 miles from the M25. But Basingstoke Hospital is 8 miles from Kingsclere. There's a lot about this story that is hard to understand.
I hope very much that @toryboypierce, who took the call, can help to clear the matter up.
Replying to @toryboypierce and @MailOnline
Hi Andrew, I'm trying to do some due diligence on this story. Do you have any details which might help to confirm it, such as the surname of the caller, his mother's name, or the hospital to which his mother was taken. Thanks.
Another day of the media trashing the people who are trying to save us.
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