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Andrew Neill Destroys XR’s Eco Wally

October 10, 2019

By Paul Homewood


Finally there seems to a fight back against the eco loons of Extinction Rebellion. Andrew Neil thoroughly takes apart this wally from XR. (about 20 mins in)


There has also been a highly critical article in the Telegraph today, as well as in the Mail this week.


Naturally of course the eco nutters are still treated as being serious people by the BBC, but the message seems to be hitting home now, confirming what most normal people already believe:


1) There is no “climate emergency”


2) UK emissions are so tiny that eliminating them will have no effect at all.


3) The UK is already fast reducing emissions, but at a huge cost.


3) To get to zero carbon will cost much more, even if possible. And will utterly transform people’s lives for the worst.


4) Eliminating emissions globally will condemn most of the world’s poor to eternal poverty.


5) We have a democratic system of govt. If people agree with the lions, they can vote for the Green Party. XR have no right to stop ordinary people from going about their business.



The BBC would still like you to believe that XR are a serious body, who represent millions of normal  people. In fact they are a rabble who have little public support, and no justification morally or scientifically for what they are doing.


Hopefully the government might now take the hint, and treat them as the bunch of anarchists that they really are

  1. Skusey permalink
    October 10, 2019 11:13 pm

    Well said. Just watching Question Time !!!

  2. Aaron permalink
    October 10, 2019 11:20 pm

    The BBC allowed XR to appear on Question Time tonight (Oct 10).

    • Stonyground permalink
      October 11, 2019 6:27 pm

      I thought that AN did a good job. He had done his homework and stIcking to the IPCC orthodoxy meant that our opponents can’t go accusing him of denialism. ER woman displayed her ignorance and stupidity in spades. She complained that the government were not doing enough to combat climate change but when challenged on what they should be doing she hadn’t a clue. He missed a trick when she mentioned agriculture, if agriculture was to go to zero emissions by 2025, billions would die of starvation.

      • Stonyground permalink
        October 11, 2019 6:41 pm

        Apologies, I didn’t mean to post this as a reply to the previous post, it was supposed to appear at the end of the thread.

    • Stonyground permalink
      October 11, 2019 6:54 pm

      ER have apparently been picketing the BBC. Their problem seems to be that the BBC aren’t pushing the alarmist agenda enough.

  3. October 10, 2019 11:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate-

  4. Paul Reynolds permalink
    October 10, 2019 11:22 pm

    She was easy meat. I would have been far more impressed if Neil hadn’t been so subservient to the accepted global think. What a pity he didn’t point out Mann’s discreditation when she referred to his comments. He is a good political interviewer but sadly treads the safe line.

    • Saighdear permalink
      October 10, 2019 11:58 pm

      Did his pension fund collapse that he’s back on our screens? BBC pensions linked to the greun stuff, I believe. Needing propped up.
      SHELL Loyalty scheme ( Fuel card) to invest in green projects – are they feeling the pinch of disloyalty or pragmatic marketing?

      • October 11, 2019 7:23 am

        What a strange post. No, Neil is back because loves doing his job and he does a very good job, compared to most political interviewers nowadays.

      • Saighdear permalink
        October 11, 2019 10:02 am

        Oh dearie me! NO! I really miss AN on the box late at night. -just wondered why he was back already – a bit of humour and a dig at the grEUn pensions and SHELL loyalty scheme – please keep up with the news

      • Gerry, England permalink
        October 11, 2019 1:48 pm

        Shell were reported as intending to add a penny to your bill to stop climate change. No sign of that yet otherwise BP here I come!

        They are pushing their energy as well but I checked and it will cost me £150 more for my electricity with them. They don’t do gas separately.

    • Nicholas Pleasure permalink
      October 11, 2019 8:41 am

      I believe that Neil was being smart by accepting the climate change agenda in this interview. By quoting the agreed scientific information he was able to expose the XR rep as an I’ll informed stuttering fraud. Had he discussed whether or not climate change is real, she could have made him look like some spluttering old gammon when this clip is replayed on YouTube.

      Once again, Neil showed why he is a peerless political interviewer who instinctively understands his victims weakness.

  5. October 10, 2019 11:50 pm

    Here’s the clip on Youtube

  6. Saighdear permalink
    October 10, 2019 11:55 pm

    Well I’m not quite so sure – BBC QT tonight….. our Julia had a bit of a hard time – I think there could be a Mis-Fire and MORE ppl will go with the flow – simply not enough good ( neutral, even) interrogation of those nutters.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      October 11, 2019 1:07 am

      Presumably the BBC did the usual trick of packing the audience.

  7. HotScot permalink
    October 11, 2019 12:03 am

    Whilst there has been a clarion call for the police to lock these morons up, they have instead done everyone a favour and left them alone.

    It may not make the police look great, but they would have looked an awful lot worse had they started cracking skulls.

    As it is, public opinion is now rapidly rising against the eco nuts, with luvvies flying in on jets to events, as a bit of PR for themselves, and employing a child with mental health problems (Pedophrasty, I believe, yes, the act of using children to make a point is a known phenomenon which has a title) as well as grinding cities to a halt to promote their cause.

    Some of us are old enough to rmember the 60’s and 70’s when strikes were almost daily events causing disruption to everyones lives. That all went the way XR will go when the authorities catch up with tactics to deal with these people.

    However, what mustn’t be forgotten is that when arrested, the XR protesters are likely to have been DNA swabbed and fingerprinted. The DWP will have been out with long lens camera’s identifying people who shouldn’t be there and the police will also have recorded all the faces of the offenders.

    There may well be a lot of doors getting knocked to deliver summonses most of these reprobates wouldn’t expect.

    • bobn permalink
      October 11, 2019 12:29 am

      Yes, Though the policing is soft they have arrested over 1000 in london so far. All will be convicted of public order offences and though fines are likely to be derisory (and paid by soros, getty, grantham and other billionaire hedge fund supporters who make mints in carbon rip-off schemes), They will all have police records with all their data recorded for future monitoring. We employers will be able to see their offence records and avoid offering employment to these morons.

      • HotScot permalink
        October 11, 2019 10:27 am


        And so you should mate. Why on earth invite a known activist to work for you.

        Mind you, I suspect most of them don’t, and couldn’t hold down a meaningful job.

  8. Rodney Ross permalink
    October 11, 2019 1:05 am

    IR protesters should have their electricity cut off.

  9. October 11, 2019 6:09 am

    I suspect the idiot expected to be interviewed by a typical anti-Trump, anti-Brexit, pro-“climate change” propagandist as employed b the BBC, She was not prepared for cross-examination by Brillo.

    • Michael Adams permalink
      October 11, 2019 11:02 am

      She didn’t offer one solution nor one piece of scientific evidence. AN looked quite frustrated, perhaps because he had to attack her views but was hampered by not being able to offer counter arguments to CC. He had to toe the BBC party line or that would have been the last we saw of him on TV. Compared with other interviews AN has held I thought he was quite gentle yet still managed to make this girl look like a complete fool.

  10. October 11, 2019 6:21 am

    I suspect the idiot expected to be interviewed by a typical anti-Trump, anti-Brexit, pro-“climate change” propagandist as employed by the BBC, She was not prepared for cross-examination by Brillo.

    • Wil Pretty permalink
      October 11, 2019 7:35 am

      What comes across to me is that these youngsters are genuinely scared of climate change.
      I felt the same in the 60s regarding the Atom Bomb when there was the CND movement. There is a word for it ‘Scaremongering’.
      However the uncertainty this is creating regarding the the type of fuels that are to be permitted has made the consumer reluctant to buy a new car in case the government penalises it by taxation in the future.
      This in turn is creating a recession.
      Youngsters should be scared by the risk of recession as this will make it harder for them to find employment when they have finished schooling.

      • October 11, 2019 9:56 am

        Crikey Mait! I ‘m frightened, nay, TERRIFIED, as an older person, to leave this planet to the young of today. Witness ‘the Apprentice’ and the irresponsible use of resources in these protests. ……… the Story in the Bible – 2 women claiming it wasTheir Child – so judge said that to keep peace, the child should be halved … the REAL ( caring) mother declined the offer to allow the child to live. needless to say, the false mother was shown up.

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        October 12, 2019 10:10 am

        Bridge of Spies (an excellent film anyway) has a scene early on showing the fear of nuclear war instilled in a child in the 1960s. As someone who has and always had a fatalistic outlook, I can’t change it so get on with life until it happens, I often wonder if the people who worried about nuclear armageddon are those who have been worried about all the other scares over the last 50 odd years. I think they probably have.

        I watched An live and was disappointed he didn’t have longer for her to dig herself a deeper hole.

  11. October 11, 2019 7:29 am

    Piers Morgan, regardless of your views of him, did the same to another ER snob yesterday morning The ER woman was really pathetic and wouldn’t even admit if she had TV set!! You had the feeling it was the first time anyone had stood up to her. Then. A bloke beside her (ex cop???), weighed in and said 1000s of police are just stood around wasting their time because of ER, when they could be fighting real crimes

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 11, 2019 1:52 pm

      It doesn’t help that the senior management in the Met Police are social workers in uniform these days – and not very good ones at that. It explains how easily they got sucked in by the paedo fraud Nick.

  12. October 11, 2019 7:35 am

    Yes, the eco-freak got shown up as an extremist moron.
    The effect of this is to make the BBC & UN IPCC look reasonable & scientific instead of the political fraud factories they actually are.

    This was a rather cleverly staged event.
    John Doran.

    • ianprsy permalink
      October 11, 2019 8:31 am

      Quite right. I was going to comment that AN had been able to humiliate the guest even using standard IPCC data. This could be HIS defence against being called a Denier. Incidentally, I hesiitated when writing “humiliate.” How quickly will this turn into a remorseless attack on a defenceless, sincere young woman? Look in the Guardian first?

      • October 16, 2019 2:48 pm

        I don’t know about defenceless: this smug young ‘lady’ seems more than well armoured behind her ignorance & certainty. IMHO, a very dangerous combination which could all too easily lead to zealotry & disaster.

  13. Rowland P permalink
    October 11, 2019 9:31 am

    Unfortunately, all TV interviewers do not ask the right questions because they are ignorant of the simple facts such as how can a trace gas, essential for all life on Earth, be blamed for global warming or – where is their evidence that extreme weather events are more frequent? It is no good us pontificating from our armchairs; I recommend getting out and speaking to people to find out what they know about the climate and then provide them with some simple facts. From my limited experience, the vast majority have basically accepted the narrative presented by the appallingly biassed BBC and the supine acceptance of the narrative by politicians the world over and not done any individual research – because they are too busy getting on with their lives. Their response has all been favourable.

  14. October 11, 2019 10:08 am

    Andrew Neill made a good point about how many were killed in the past by extreme weather events compared to now. A huge reduction of over 90 percent. XR main claim is that there will be more extreme weather leading to many more deaths. But with better monitoring and communication many can take action like moving to higher ground or out of the danger area.
    Neil also pointed out the impracticality of the 2025-2030 zero carbon target. He hinted at the impracticality of the 2050 target. He did not tackle UK insignificant contribution compared to the rest of the world. But it is a start. Politicians know what side there bread is buttered. They will soon distance them selves from an unpopular policy.

  15. Michael Adams permalink
    October 11, 2019 10:34 am

    Ironically XR are now blockading BBC’s Broadcasting House because they say the BBC is”deadly silent ” on Climate Change. The BBC mentions Climate Change in practically every news item it runs. You couldn’t make it up.

  16. yonason permalink
    October 11, 2019 10:55 am

    ”4) Eliminating emissions globally will condemn most of the world’s poor to eternal poverty.”

    Not only that, but it will eliminate most middle class, by driving them into poverty.

    Welcome to the next Dark Age, if those clowns have their way.

    While there is no “climate emergency,” we in the West are facing a serious crisis, as the disconnect between reality and economic, social and scientific fantasy grows ever rapidly wider.

  17. saparonia permalink
    October 11, 2019 11:03 am

    You wrote ” the bunch of ‘anarchists’ that they really are” Honestly you are using Newspeak here.
    True ‘Anarchy’ is actually not disruptive, violent and anti social.
    The word refers to LAW without RULE and true anarchists are peaceful and law abiding. The tag of terrorism was given by the very people who want total control.
    Anarchy means that people abide by agreed laws, agreed co-operation and live peaceably. It can work in small groups but not in large ones as there is always someone who wants to be the top knob.
    In Russia when the Marxists led the revolt against the Tsar and his family, the Communists managed to flush the Anarchists into the streets, after coercing them to murder the Tsar and his family, Marx had of course gone back to Germany once the shit hit the fan. Once in the streets they were all murdered. They had previously lived quietly, publishing pamphlets in small isolated cells.

    • October 11, 2019 1:54 pm

      “…true anarchists are peaceful and law abiding.


      And here’s another stupid idea you might want to believe… Cyanide and Arsenic are really healthy for you, and you should be taking large quantities every day.

      PS – They are also inveterate liars.

    • October 11, 2019 2:01 pm

      PPS – That WAS sarcasm on your part, …wasn’t it?

  18. mjr permalink
    October 11, 2019 11:04 am

    At least Neil asked searching questions. Unlike that numpty Bruce on Question Time who allowed the ER loon to give a party political without interruption or questions. Usually she cannot avoid butting in. Obviously following BBC doctrine and instructions that ET and Climate Change must not be queried

  19. Dave Ward permalink
    October 11, 2019 11:12 am

    I started watching the clip, but after she began her reply with “So” and then used “You Know” TWICE in the first 10 seconds I hit the “Close Tab” button. If these morons can’t find someone who can speak properly, I’m not going to waste my time listening.

  20. Jackington permalink
    October 11, 2019 11:42 am

    AN has always been sound on the global warming front. I remember him on TV some years ago tying up Ed Davey in knots on basic AGW theory – on BBC!!

  21. Dave Ward permalink
    October 11, 2019 11:55 am

    Guido has linked to another XR loon on the Beeb’s “Newsnight” programme.
    or direct YouTube link:

    Note she claims that energy supplies are at risk (I wonder why that might be?) and at time 2:40 she quotes California, but doesn’t explain that electricity there has been deliberately cut off to over half a million customers to avoid the risk of more wild fires. She also doesn’t mention that most of that fire risk is because of the lack of forest management due to green policies in the first place…

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 11, 2019 2:01 pm

      You could contest the claim that Myles Allen is an ‘actual scientist’, but if the eco-loon even fails against Allen it shows how off the planet XR are. There might be some kick back from the alarmists as XR is probably having an effect of turning people off global warning.

  22. Robin Guenier permalink
    October 11, 2019 12:00 pm

    In yesterday’s Newsnight, the BBC put Sarah Lunnon, a prominent ER campaigner, up against a climate change scientist, Myles Allen of Oxford University: Allen made some good points – especially about her demand that capitalism must go before emissions can be eradicated. Unfortunately Allen is himself a slippery character as I discovered when I tried to engage with him here:

  23. john cooknell permalink
    October 11, 2019 12:04 pm

    Extinction Rebellion equals Extinction Guaranteed if we follow what they want.

    No reliable Electricity Supply equals no hospitals, no supermarkets, no food, no clean water, no heating, no money, no media, and really important this one, no mobile phones!

    The last point is an advantage!

    • Dave Ward permalink
      October 11, 2019 12:11 pm

      “Really important this one, no mobile phones! The last point is an advantage!”

      It won’t be for XR – how will they arrange their “Protests” without the benefits of fossil fuels and modern technology?

  24. Jo Beaumont permalink
    October 11, 2019 1:18 pm

    Right, I have just had to endure a car journey listening to James O’Brian? on LBC talking about XR at least shutting down the “loonies” who deny climate change. So i have now vowed to kick the habit of a lifetime and start doing the lottery and if I win, I can give a goodly amount to Paul to get the message over!!!

    • ianprsy permalink
      October 11, 2019 3:22 pm

      No you don’t Jo. Switch to TalkRadio and get Mike Graham. Polar opposite, Yesterday (or day before) he made Dale Vince, the owner of Ecotricity fame, look stupid.

  25. DevonCamel permalink
    October 11, 2019 1:33 pm

    All she can offer is the usual nonsense – solutions that will never work to problems (emergencies) that do not exist.

  26. Neil Wilkinson permalink
    October 11, 2019 2:24 pm

    New soundbite courtesy of John Cooknell and DevonCamel

    Extinction Guaranteed — Unworkable Solutions To Non-Existent Problems

    • john cooknell permalink
      October 11, 2019 8:21 pm

      I will use that.

      But the believers will go on believing.

  27. October 11, 2019 3:49 pm

    I did a transcript and derived a conclusion from the transcript.

  28. swan101 permalink
    October 11, 2019 3:53 pm

    Reblogged this on ECO-ENERGY DATABASE.

  29. Harry Passfield permalink
    October 11, 2019 5:04 pm

    “The UK is already fast reducing emissions, but at a huge cost” – and at no discernible benefit to the world (it is supposed to be ‘Global’ warming) or the UK, which will be bearing the costs. All that will happen is that our country will be very much the poorer for it.

    • Saighdear permalink
      October 11, 2019 5:43 pm

      Yes indeed G L O B A L climate change nonsense,Not U K anything. I wish MORE was made of this – in terms of what we “do” . Wasting our time and effors for a non-existent Global problem

  30. Athelstan. permalink
    October 11, 2019 5:05 pm

    Very well said Paul, all of it but – particularly this;

    “Hopefully the government might now take the hint, and treat them as the bunch of anarchists that they really are.”

    I couldn’t have put it better myself.

    Top marks!

  31. Stonyground permalink
    October 11, 2019 6:50 pm

    I wonder if the ER fanatics are doing us a favour with their ‘Oh noes we’re all going to die’ rhetoric. The slightly less crazy alarmists are now having to desperately back pedal and are left with having to say ‘oh no it’s not going to be that bad really’ leaving the majority of people thinking what exactly is the problem then?

  32. john cooknell permalink
    October 11, 2019 7:51 pm

    Going on my experience of trying to complain to the BBC about misleading news items on the Climate emergency.

    My prediction is the BBC will be inundated with complaints about Andrew Neil, and they will be upheld! He was verging on heresy, and in the church of the eco BBC thought control, no other decision is possible.

  33. Martin Howard Keith Brumby permalink
    October 11, 2019 7:55 pm

    Of course Myles Allen is at the very spittle flecked loony end of the Climate “Psyentists”. He trashed any credibility he might ever have had, years ago. Predictably he didn’t even try to back his responses by reference to the political shroudwaving organisation known as the IPCC, as Andrew Neil did.

    Equally predictably the interviewer didn’t press the obvious question as to how likely (even on the basis of IPCC “consensus science”) XR’s barefaced loony ‘kids dying in 10-15 years’ (or even a 4º C temperature rise) shroudwaving lies were to actually come to pass.

    It is impressive that the Old Bill has arrested over 1000 of these egregious XR parasite. But the news that some of them have already been arrested for the third time, gives the game away.

    I haven’t been able to find out how many of the “1000′ have actually received anything more than a Caution. Or ‘being bound over to keep the peace’ for especially stupid and malicious behaviour.

    I defend anyone’s right to protest at something you disagree with (having done so myself as a teenager.)

    But I also believe that, if you do the crime, you should do the time (or pay the fine.) I did.

    Since the Kingsnorth Power Station protests in 2008, the Government of the day has gone to extraordinary lengths to NOT punish even the most blatant anti-social behaviour. And not just the antics of XR – what about the constant problems the ‘Swampys’ have given to the Frackers (and before them the mining industry)?
    They were instrumental in destroying the latter (and tens of thousands of honest jobs) and I have little faith that the Frackers will now prevail.

    I’m afraid that I believe that the ‘punishment should fit the crime’.

    I suggest these hypocritical and well financed scum should be fastened to static bicycle ‘generators’ and made to keep peddling until they had generated an average ‘minute-worth’ of UK electicity demand.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 11, 2019 9:48 pm

      The question that needed to be asked was: Where did he 1.5 Deg C come from? IIRC, some years ago it was a politic 2.0 Deg C – but not frightening enough.

    • Dave Cowdell permalink
      October 13, 2019 6:03 pm

      Well yes, and at the recent road blockade at the Valero refinery, the actual Swampy did turn up. ( As did teams of police, special release teams, helicopters etc) How much did this cost, and shortly I will find out from my FOI to Pembrokeshire police?. However much it cost, I could have solved the problem for a 10 quid donation to my local farmer for a loan of his slurry spreader. Oh, and back on topic, Swampy was arrested and fined £40. Tough on crime eh?

  34. Bruce of Newcastle permalink
    October 12, 2019 12:56 am

    The XR people may help this along too:

    BBC licence fee should be scrapped for subscription model to ‘pull it into 21st century’ (10 Oct)

    A subscription model would be awesome fun. It’d be a small drop of only 90 or 95% in revenue, I’d expect. The more the BBC goes full looney the more people will ask why are they paying for it.

    So please pretty please have more stinky rebels on air Beeb peoples!

  35. ianprsy permalink
    October 12, 2019 8:25 am

    Just caught up with BBC’s Newswatch 11.10.19 edition, on which viewers were split as to the excess or sufficiency of BBC coverage of the XR protests. Justin Rowlett was introduced as the BBC’s new Chief Environment Correspondent.

    He was reminded that in a 4-year stay in India, he’d reported being worried about the impact on his family of air pollution. Legitimate environmental/pollution concern, but easy to subtly link with CC.

    Moving on to CC, he confirmed that the BBC policy on CC is that The Science Is Settled, so any coverage will have that as the starting point. When asked about air travel, he confirmed that he intends to carry on, with flights to India, Ethiopia and Antarctica in the next few weeks. Apparently, we won’t get it if he doesn’t broadcast from the site of the problem. In the words of the ex-prime minister, Nothing’s Changed.

    • mjr permalink
      October 12, 2019 10:09 am

      watched this morning. wasnt just about whether the XR coverage was neutral but also whether Global warming was neutral. And all this did was provide further proof that any pretence to impartiality was false and that the hypocrisy continues. Need a better person than me to critique this. Additionally, compounded by the following that appeared yesterday.
      And dont forget the follow up panorama programme on Monday. Looking forward to more objectivity . (ho ho ho!). This is all just a complete back up of everything XR stand for!,

      • October 13, 2019 12:22 am

        @ianprsy – thanks for the link – why would Justin have to go to Antarctica?

        is Boaty McBoatface going to put in a appearance!!!

        ps – funny watching BEEB & Guardian desperately trying to hype up the tokyo typhoon

        Guardian – “Typhoon Hagibis: Tokyo braced for battering as ‘worst storm in 60 years’ roars in”

        BBC – has a reporter standing in the rain buffeted by mild winds saying it could have been worse!!!

        climate porn at it’s best – wonder if anybody will think “60 yrs ago? but the planet was cooler then, that can’t be right!!

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