Insulate Britain faces calls to stand for election to gauge public support
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Radio presenter and political commentator James Max appeared on Jeremy Vine On 5 where he lambasted Insulate Britain over their protests this week. Mr Max told the Channel 5 programme he did not consider the group to be very smart, branding them as “thick”, after an activist regretted putting super glue on their face to attach themselves to the road. But Mr Max threw down the gauntlet to the climate change group and said if they wanted to enact change they should stand for election and see just how popular they actually are.
A nationwide injunction was granted against Insulate Britain following weeks of disruption and protests on the UK’s roads.
On Monday, dozens of Insulate Britain protesters were arrested after activists protested at three locations across London.
Metropolitan Police revealed 53 people had been arrested as the climate change group carried out its 14th protest on the roads.
Activists used super glue to attach themselves to the roads to prevent police from moving them on.
Discussing the protest on the Jeremy Vine show, Mr Max called out Insulate Britain and suggested they ran for election to invoke change that way.
He told the show: “I think we’ve now got the message, so I think now it’s time to say to these individuals two things.
“First of all, we get the message, there are a lot of choices that you’re trying to impose on other people that, in fact, now you’ve got your message out there, let them decide.
“It’s not your decision, let them decide how it’s run.
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“The second point is that we have laws and rules about disruption and I think if you see people glueing themselves to the streets you kind of have to look at their intelligence.
“And if they’re that thick to do that to themselves, how clever and bright are they in terms of advising the rest of us on how to live our lives?
“The last point is that we do live in a democracy so if you feel that strongly about these issues, why not make them public?
“Put yourselves to the ballot box and then get elected.”
Mr Max added he was “sick and tired” of Insulate Britain “getting in the way” and was angry how they have pushed their cause as the UK recovers from the pandemic.
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He was furious that the climate change group believed their agenda was more important than everyone else’s and demanded they were “locked up”.
An injunction had been made against the group to prevent them from protesting on the M25 but this has now been extended to all road networks following their protests in London
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We are making use of every avenue of existing law to try to prevent the continued life-endangering action being carried out by Insulate Britain, which is causing intolerable disruption to motorists’ lives and livelihoods.”
Insulate Britain came under fire after it was revealed one of their members did not insulate their own home which caused the activist to walk off ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Activist Liam Norton also bizarrely told TalkRADIO he was a “hypocrite” and did not care about climate change during an awkward exchange.
He also accused radio host Cristo Foufas of “appeasing” Adolf Hitler because of his opposition to Insulate Britain.
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