Extinction Rebellion shut down in frosty radio clash: ‘Stop picking on ordinary people’

Matthew Wright slams Extinction Rebellion protests

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LBC host Matthew Wright has slapped down Extinction Rebellion protests in a clash with environmental activist and XR supporter Todd Smith. Mr Wright claimed the environmentalist group has targeted the wrong people in a series of disruptive protests in central London. He argued Extinction Rebellion was failing to have an impact on Government policy while making the lives of ordinary working people more difficult. 

Mr Wright told LBC: “One of the criticisms of XR protests in London is by and large they disrupt the vulnerable.

“The ordinary working man, women try to go about their business.

“Trying to earn a crust after having spent in many cases a year and a half in extremely difficult financial circumstances.

“And they turn up for work trying to get back to normality and once again we have got groups of people making their lives super difficult.”

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He continued: “And achieving, well if you look at what our Government has done in terms of expanding oil production etcetera, etcetera.

Mr Wright added: “You can argue you are having a counter initiative effect, that the government is not only not listening to you it is going in the opposite direction.

“You are picking on the wrong people!

“Stop picking on the ordinary people, start picking on the Government.”

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It come days after LBC host Nick Ferrari hung up on a climate change activist after asking six times if the caller supported Extinction Rebellion’s tactics.

Mr Ferrari said: “I understand you’re very concerned and you work in this field and your campaign in this field.

“It would be a headline-grabbing event were London Bridge still closed and a bus with a dozen or so people with their hands glued to the bus would you, and this is the fifth time asking, would you support it?”

Caller Asad Rehman replied: “As I say, I think the right to a peaceful process is a fundamental right.

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“It’s absolutely right that people are frustrated.”

The LBC host interrupted: “Mr Rehman, you’re not answering my question, I’ve asked you six times now, I want your rationale. I’m just trying to get from you whether you believe this level of demonstration is permissible in a busy city because the Met are saying it’s not.

“I do need an answer, you would or would not support it?”

Before hanging up, he added: “Please don’t say it’s about the right to protest.”

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