THE eco-terrorists who run the town of Glastonbury are in crisis. The community is split and the people are beginning to turn against the council. What hasn’t helped the Doom Cultists in charge is the recent U-turn by PM Rishi Sunak when he decided that ‘saving’ the planet isn’t quite as urgent as we had been told. We can all relax and keep our diesel cars and gas boilers for a bit longer.
A smart move on Sunak’s part, though this isn’t so much a U-turn as a shift in goalposts. The policies based on the 2008 Climate Change Act remain in place; it is only the deadlines which have changed. Pushing them further into the future takes the heat out of the Net Zero controversy, and may have been just in time to prevent the Deplorables from waking up to what is actually going on with Net Zero. As our overlords know only too well, once awareness has reached the Deplorables’ level, the common sense level of the population, it is game over. (That is how they lost Brexit.)
The PM’s manoeuvrings have, however, left the Glastonbury Doom Cultists in a quandary. If they keep pushing Agenda 2030, Net Zero and all the de-carbonising this needs, the disgruntled ‘mob’ in town might grow and get angrier. And if they don’t, what will Extinction Rebellion and its billionaire sponsors say – people such as Sir Christopher Hohn who said in March 2021: ‘Humanity is aggressively destroying the world with climate change and there is an urgent need for us all to wake up to this fact.’?
They cannot risk the town being taken down by democracy. If life were a comedy sketch, the solution that they have hit on to put down the rebellion would be hilarious, worthy of a scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Even before Sunak effectively pulled the rug from under them, they had decided that their ills began when one Sandi Adams, a townswoman and campaigner, was given permission to address the town council in March 2023 before the regular council meeting began. To their surprise and alarm, ‘that woman’ (in their view) set out in no uncertain terms exactly what Net Zero would mean for the town. Then the council’s own film of the meeting – and her intervention – went viral. It was shared around the world with people piling in to express their support for Sandi’s courageous plea for the council to consider the appalling impact of their intransigent Net Zero policies. She speaks from around 27’ 20” to 38’ 40”.
From the perspective of the Glastonbury Doomsters, it was Sandi Adams herself who posed the threat, not them. So by August the Doomsters had put into place their plan to deal with her truth bombs on Net Zero: attack Sandi Adams, the ad hominem approach being a tried and tested method of autocrats for dealing with a tricky subjects. If you can’t debate the issue, smear the person. On August 10 the mayor of Glastonbury and member of the Green Party, Indra Donfrancesco, spoke at the Green Gathering Festival in the Welsh border town of Chepstow. This event, which has been going for nearly 30 years, is supposed to be about celebrating off-grid living but it has turned into a mutual admiration fest for the Glastonbury Green Party and their XR mates. What an ideal opportunity for mayor Indra to tell her audience, and the world, that Sandi Adams had been ‘groomed’ by a wider right-wing conspiracy funded by Big Oil to deny climate change, making all these accusations without ever actually mentioning Sandi – referring to her only as ‘that woman’. You can see her diatribe here.
Yet everything that Sandi said is in the public domain, as now confirmed by the PM’s recent announcements. There is no conspiracy about what Net Zero is. And if Sandi is ‘right-wing’, what does that make John Kerry, Al Gore, Mark Carney and even Klaus Schwab – cuddly ‘left-wing progressives’?
Unfortunately for the mayor, as this debacle shows, there is no left and right wing any more. These terms are meaningless. There is only tyranny and freedom; and the Doom Cultists are definitely on the side of tyranny. The mayor of Glastonbury does not care that Net Zero would destroy her town.
For a start, the mayor couldn’t risk telling her audience in August what Sandi actually said in March. She had to pretend that it was only about 15-minute cities. Not true: Sandi merely said that 15-minute cities are part of the wider Net Zero, Agenda 2030. But the mayor can’t discuss Agenda 2030 because she can’t admit that the no driving/no flying plan to meet Net Zero would be the death knell for a town that relies on tourism; nor can she tell her constituents that Net Zero means no wood burners and no gas in town that heats itself with gas and wood burners (even those who don’t have wood burners aspire to having one).
Perhaps the biggest joke of all was the mayor’s reference to Big Oil. Quite why any oil company would feel the need to pay anyone to speak in favour of being able to drive, fly, or heat your home as she alleged is a mystery. What the Doom Cultists who like to trot out this insult haven’t noticed is that those who raise the alarm on Net Zero madness are themselves paying Big Oil, not the other way round. There is no special discount at the petrol station forecourt for climate sceptics or opponents of Net Zero policies.
As if all of that wasn’t deluded enough, the sad mayor of Glastonbury kept randomly dropping the name ‘Farage’ into her speech. There was no context, no explanation for these ravings. Sanity, however, is unlikely to return any time soon; certainly not until the 2008 Climate Change Act has been repealed and XR is truly extinct.