THE mind boggles at the conversation inside the sumptuous £1.5million home of Benedict Plowden and Cathy Eastburn.
He’s the high-flying Transport for London chief tasked with keeping the capital’s roads open.
She’s busy gluing them shut.
It would be a decent sitcom plot but for the very real hardship and misery this Insulate Britain numbskull inflicts on the public. She even cooks up her brainless ambulance-blocking stunts with another eco moron inside the house she and Mr Plowden share.
It is a unique protest, one in which idle millionaires role-playing as revolutionaries sabotage ordinary people’s lives and then — behind transparently false expressions of regret — mock their rage.
One aristocratic co-plotter last week sneered that commuters were only working to buy things they didn’t need.
Has there been a campaign so monstrously hypocritical, callous or arrogant? Or doomed, since no Government could surrender to such blackmail?
Prince Charles must be very careful how far he goes in backing such increasingly unhinged people.
Extinction Rebellion, he says, wrote him a “marvellous” letter telling him he was right about the environment. He understands Insulate Britain’s “frustration” while tutting at their methods.
Our future King would be better off strongly condemning lawless protests and understanding the frustration of the many workers who fall prey to them.
One day he will need their full support.
WITH bills soaring it is madness even to talk about slapping another £159 on the annual price of gas.
Boris Johnson’s zeal for brownie points at the upcoming COP26 climate summit is over-riding his judgement.
The only saving grace is that it’s probably years away. Plus, the ban on new gas boilers won’t happen till 2035.
We see Boris’s logic, wanting a shift from gas to electricity. But voters are under the cosh NOW on multiple fronts.
Focus on their needs today, PM. Not on promises for more than a decade’s time which you won’t have to keep.
THE first official report into the Government’s handling of Covid confirms in 150 pages what everyone already knew:
Public health experts were scandalously complacent about preparations.
The first lockdown was late because scientists just assumed Covid couldn’t be stopped.
Test and trace was a shambles. Care homes were betrayed. But the vaccines were a world-leading triumph.
Next spring comes the full public inquiry. And we’ll bet that after several years, hundreds of sworn witnesses and countless millions spent . . .
It concludes exactly the same thing.