If any satirists wanted to mock the green movement, they could not have come up with anything more absurd than this week’s infantile protests in London.
As the demonstrators continue to bring gridlock to the capital, their laughable middle-class preciousness has been on full display. The disruption, organised by the Extinction Rebellion campaign, might be a severe aggravation for workers who actually have to earn their living, but it has been one long street party for an army of well-heeled social parasites.
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At one point, in a scene that could have come straight from the comic mind of Harry Enfield, some of them held a mass yoga session. At another, a theatrical stage was erected on Waterloo Bridge, while further north a pink sailboat was parked at Oxford Circus.
The authentic voice of privilege could be heard on the BBC from academic Dr Gail Bradbrook, often described as “the Godmother” of Extinction Rebellion, who urged people “to take time off work and join us.” As Nick Robinson of the Today programme responded, “They may not frankly have the privilege that you do to choose when you can go to work.”
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But no one encapsulated the greens’ bullying sense of entitlement better than leading activist Robin Boardman-Pattison, who has used the media this week to give us the benefit of his precocious wisdom. With his hectoring certainty, his authoritarian impulse and his affluent background, the 21-year-old Bristol University languages students is almost like a parody of a fashionable eco warrior.
He has lived much of his life in suburban Beckenham, where his parents have a £1 million house, and, before going to university, he attended the £17,500-a-year private Trinity School in Croydon. Like so many of his breed, he is an ocean-going hypocrite. Having claimed that “aircraft should be used only in emergencies,” he is reportedly...
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