McCoy clashes with Insulate Britain supporter on climate change
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Insulate Britain protesters took to the streets of the City of London and Canary Wharf at around 8am on Monday, disrupting rush-hour traffic. Officers from the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police attended to negotiate with activists, who sat in the road at the junction of Bishopsgate and Camomile Street, close to Liverpool Street. GB News presenter Simon McCoy grilled a supporter of the group, Donnachadh McCarthy, over what Insulate Britain want when Cop26 will be commencing next week.
Speaking to GB News, Mr McCarthy said: “These people are desperate. They’re looking at the news and at the signs.
“Nothing else has worked. We’ve tried politics, petitions, marches and still the cuts happen to insulation and nothing happens on global carbon admissions.
“I would either of you to tell us what else the climate movement do.”
Mr McCoy interjected: “Well, I would say watch what happens at Glasgow next week.
“There’s a global conference on this very issue.
“There’s no more that can be done at this stage, is there?”
Mr McCarthy continued: “I think for the next week if the media could hold on and prioritise and put pressure on the Government.”
Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, wants the Government to insulate all UK homes by 2030 to cut carbon emissions and has been staging protests for several weeks including on motorways and at the Port of Dover.
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But the demonstrations have led to clashes with the public, including drivers who have dragged protesters out of the road.
In one incident, a man was filmed telling protesters he hoped their family members got cancer.
In the footage, the man can be heard telling the group that his father is going through cancer treatment and he hoped if anyone got the disease, it would be family members of the protesters so they “know what it’s like”.
He said: “If anyone gets cancer, please let it be people you know. So you know what it’s like to have your loved ones who can’t get treatment.
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“You can sit here, I hope you know what it’s like. My father needs treatment and you sit here doing this. Scum. I hope if anyone gets cancer, I hope it’s your parents.. are they alive, are your parents alive?”
During the footage, a protester can be heard telling the man her mother had died of cancer, to which he replied: “Do you know what it’s like someone trying to get treatment for cancer and you’re standing like this? People are trying to get to hospital, of all places. If anyone gets cancer, please let it be your family.”
The protests on Monday were the organisation’s first since temporarily halting activities for 10 days from October 14.
Demonstrators who superglued their hands to the ground on Monday were removed from the road by officers before being arrested and led to police vehicles.
As she was unglued, one woman claimed she was “in agony”.
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