I put in a brief appearance on the PM Programme to talk about the increasing tendency of the Just Stop Oil protests to attack not just oil depots and motorway petrol stations and – today – 55, Tufton Street, but works of art. Of course, the attacks are planned and they choose works which are glazed; but I am not convinced that chucking a tin of Heinz Cream of Tomato soup over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers does much to change the government’s attitude towards climate change. Indeed, under Liz Truss, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Suella Braverman, the government’s stance towards legitimate public protest and preventing climate change has radically hardened.
Rishi Sunak started out as Housing Minister. Maybe he could introduce legislation to encourage home insulation and low carbon retrofitting. It would be a good start to his administration.