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Arrest away but it won’t silence the protests over climate crisis

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27.09.2021

Critics call them eco-zealots, so was it any surprise campaigners from Insulate Britain dodged a court order preventing them from targeting the M25 in England by turning up at the Home Office instead?

People find loopholes around everything, so when the injunction dropped, stopping them from blocking the M25, they just moved themselves to places it doesn’t cover.

I’m not coming down hard one side or other on this though. There are always two sides to every story. Those who are trying to promote the importance of addressing the issues around climate change clearly feel they have to resort to extreme measures to have their voices heard.

By protesting around the major highways to bring traffic to a standstill and cause as much hassle as possible, they have achieved a great deal of news coverage and sparked debate around the issue.

Having said that, it not only created huge disruption to many people working and personal lives it was also dangerous.

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps had to come up with something to keep those motorways moving. The M25 is a disaster at the best of times. The injunction had the desired affect but didn’t prevent demonstrators from going elsewhere.

We need the government to keep the economy, roads, trade and schools moving. We also need them to ensure people are kept safe. And, if the protesters are endangering lives, and they have broken the law, then there has........

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