Jacob Rees-Mogg bashes M25 eco-activists as ‘hippie-crits’ in stern Commons dressing down

Green Party member compares Insulate Britain protesters to then suffragettes

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Jacob Rees-Mogg answered a question from Tory backbencher Tom Hunt who wanted to know whether the Government would allow time in the House of Commons to debate how to deal with the M25 “troublemakers”. Mr Rees-Mogg wasted no time lambasting the climate change activists and recalled the revelation that some members of Insulate Britain have not even insulated their homes. The Conservative heavyweight branded the group “hippie-crits” and said what they were doing was “silly and dangerous” during an angry attack.

Insulate Britain has disrupted several motorways over the past two weeks to bring attention to their group and cause.

The group have blocked several junctions and slip roads five times with police, at first, doing very little to stop the group from disrupting traffic.

After intense public pressure and anger towards the police for not doing anything against Insulate Britain, the Government has secured a high court injunction which allows them to arrest and jail the protesters if they block the M25 roads again. 

Spokesperson Liam Norton who has represented the group on several media platforms was revealed to live in a single-glazed home with no cavity wall insulation, according to the Sun.

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Mr Norton stormed off Good Morning Britain after he was challenged on the story.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Tom Hunt asked Jacob Rees-Mogg: “My right honourable friend will have seen the chaos caused this week by Insulate Britain on the M25.

“And will be pleased that a number of them have been arrested an injunction has been served.

“My concern is they might simply go to another road somewhere else in the country.

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“Will my right honourable friend find government time for us to debate how it all may need to change so we can instantly and robustly deal and move on from these troublemakers?”

Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “My honourable friend is right to raise this, a lot of them are being exposed as the most ridiculous humbug.

“So I think it’s the Sun that has discovered that they pretend to want installation and don’t insulate not only the houses that they live in but the houses that they let out to other people.

“And one of them stormed off some television programme in a great huff when it was revealed that he was a frightful old humbug.

“So I think we should know these people for what they are, they are all silly, dangerous, and ‘hippie-crits’.”

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Mr Rees-Mogg assured the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill making its way through the Commons will give sufficient powers to police to tackle the issue of protesters.

On September 13, there were protests at junctions 20 for Kings Langley, Herts, 14 for Heathrow terminal four, three for Swanley in Kent, six for Godstone, Surrey and 31 for Lakeside, Essex.

But as their efforts gained media attention, the group have continued to protest with activists moving onto the busy carriages on Tuesday morning this week.

Protesters arrived at around 8am as police quickly attended the scene and prevented demonstrators from blocking the roads.

Angry motorists have been filmed squaring up to the protesters as police authorities came under intense public scrutiny to crackdown on the demonstrations.

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