On Tuesday I took a day trip to Bristol where I met Heather Mack, a Green Party candidate and Extinction Rebellion activist. The Greens are campaigning hard to get a second MP in Bristol West. I’d been helping out with their campaign over the previous week. While I think the most likely outcome is that Labour hold the seat, what I saw on the ground suggested that a surprise Green gain isn’t as far-fetched as you might think.
Heather and I also talked about her work with Extinction Rebellion, and her decision to get herself arrested to highlight the climate emergency.
After meeting Heather I got back on the train and headed to London for the protests against Donald Trump’s visit to the NATO Summit. I wasn’t impressed by what I said there. The protest had been advertised as being led by NHS doctors and nurses. When I got there it became clear that it wasn’t anything of the sort. It was actually led by the usual collection of clapped-out Trotskyist microsects. This prompted me to muse about why Extinction Rebellion has been so successful while other protest movements have been active for years and failed to achieve a thing.
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