talkRADIO’s Mike Graham has lambasted Extinction Rebellion as “vandals” on today’s show after activists dug up a lawn outside Trinity College at Cambridge University.
He said: “All it is, is a bunch of middle class kids knocking about, having a bit of fun, doing a bit of what they call 'direct action', it’s not doing any good at all”.
The action, which took place yesterday, was in protest of the 16th century college’s links with fossil fuel companies and its role in the proposed development of a farm in Suffolk.
The climate activism group claims the establishment has invested £9.1m in oil and gas companies and plans to sell Innocence Farm in Suffolk to build a lorry park.
What was left of the Trinity College lawn following the Extinction Rebellion action
Mike clashed with former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, who argued that the "carefully targeted action" was successful in demonstrating "the issues of our society”.
She said: “We are in a climate emergency, they are doing a great job of highlighting that.”
But Mike was not convinced.
“They are basically digging up and ruing a beautiful part of Britain for what they regard as attention," he said.
“I’m afraid their message is being lost and if you want to make a message actually be believed and be acted upon, you have to do it in such a way that people will sympathise with you and I don’t think that they are doing that correctly.”
Following the protest, a 19-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and remains in custody.
Cambirdgeshire Police said investigations are ongoing and Trinity College is assisting with enquiries.
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