As if their doomed campaign campaign hadn’t reached farcial new lows at Euston over the past few days, they’ve decided to descend even more into parody this afternoon.
Remember these are people are supposed to be concerned for the environment. Of course one of the best things for the environment is green travel options – like electric railways for example. Ah, but not if you’re of an Extinction Rebellion mindset! Remember they’ve a history of really dumb stunts like gluing themselves to electric trains which provide eco-friendly mass-transport around London. The last time they did this it really didn’t go down well with ordinary Londoners and XR hastily back-tracked, claiming it was a ‘mistake’ (damned right it was! Ed).
It appears they have the memories of Goldfish, because this has just appeared on the Hs2Rebellion Facebook page.
So, these ‘environmentalists’ have closed down a green railway in the capital in the height of a pandemic, this preventing key workers – which will include NHS staff, fire-service staff, and other public-transport workers getting to/from work. For example, University College Hospital (UCH) is only across the road from the station. How many people could potentially lose their lives because of stupid stunts like this unless this idiot is removed quickly and Euston station reopened – and what the hell do these people think they’re playing at?
My only hope is that the police now deploy the full force of the law here, as this has gone way beyond the bounds of legitimate protest. This is putting innocent people’s lives at risk.
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Only they didn’t really shut anything down, the guy was sat above one entrance to the Euston Tube station, not the mainline station. A quick closure of that one entrance and life goes on as normal. I suspect laughter was the order of the day rather than anger.
They are certainly bragging about it as though they shut the entire station down, but it’s very much an own goal that will only further erode what little credibility they have left.
Euston has multiple entrances, you’d need 50 or more people to close them all. In fact I remember back in the day when at night all the doors bar one was shut to stop all the homeless dossing down in the waiting hall and you had to show a ticket or pass to get in. Before that getting to a train was fun to say the least.
Paul Bigland said:
Indeed. They’re in a dilemma here. Are they going to be honest and admit they didn’t close Euston down, or are they going to maintain the lie that they did. Neither’s a good look.
Both groups have a history of attacking public transport, but leaving road schemes alone. It’s almost like their real agenda is different to the publicly shouted one.
Chris Oldham said:
At first sight it does indeed appear to be a conundrum that so-called environmentalists should attack public transport schemes rather than roads. However, the explanation may lie in the fact that as a culture nearly all of us consistently ignore road problems.
Journalists will headline a near miss on the railways, while ignoring the 35 actual deaths and hundreds of serious injuries we have on the roads every week of the year. Covid headlined on every news item throughout August 2020 when the death rate was barely above that on our roads, yet when was our ongoing road carnage last a major item for either the media or Parliament?
The Police will readily target drivers doing just a few mph over the speed limit, but how often do you hear of them targeting that far more dangerous habit of following too close to the vehicle in front, which is far more likely to cause an accident?
Quite simply, road deaths and injuries are regarded as a price worth paying for mobility, which probably includes the mobility of those heading to and from protest sites. But it is reasonable that we continually accept this?
Ah well, it’s late and I need sleep, but I do wish people interested in transport would focus more on road problems. After all there are many, many solutions if only we weren’t culturally so incredibly reluctant to consider them.
Paul Bigland said:
Indeed Chris. It’s incomprehensible that UK ‘greens’ are fixated on opposing a green electric railway and spend most of their time opposing that whilst almost completely ignoring the Governments plans to build 4000 miles of new roads, and all the environmental damage, deaths and pollution that will cause.
You make some sensible points but you’ve got to admire the fact they could build a 100 feet tunnel without anyone noticing, whatever the rights, wrongs, dangers etc etc of it, that’s quite a logistical undertaking. HS2 should set them on in the Chilterns!
Paul Bigland said:
They claim to have dug tunnels that length. I’ve yet to see any independent verification and all the videos show them crowded together in the same small section. Lets face it, they’re always making exaggerated claims that never happen in reality.
I get the distinct impression this tunnel stunt at Euston will backfire on the Stop HS2 narrative big time. They may well have got some media attention, but that’s not always a good thing, especially as people start to realise the impacts it’s having, particularly in tying up emergency services assets and potentially putting emergency services workers at risk. There were some telling comments on the HS2 Rebellion page earlier and undoubtedly many reading or watching the general media won’t support such action.
Shades of the tube train incident as you say above.