Just Stop Oil

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.



2 thoughts on “Just Stop Oil

  1. joan says:

    We recently put in internal insulation in the upstairs front room of our house (a Victorian terrace with all the heat leaking problems that that implies). We did it ourselves and it was probably three weekends worth of DIY and a couple of hundred quid. We did then get in plasterers and someone to replace the coving (who gloried in the name Ron the Cove). Training young people to go out and do this work would be an easy win. And it really does make a difference.

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