Are there no limits to Just Stop Oil’s capacity for self-satire? In my Spectator column last week I described eco-protestors as being like pro-Communist demonstrators in Soviet Russia – no amount of obeisance to their dogma is ever enough. But even I didn’t expect them to stage one of their sophomoric protests at Glyndebourne, a monument to liberal, bien pensant groupthink. Here is the Telegraph, scratching its head over why the pink-haired militants targeted the upper-middle class opera festival:
It is unclear why the protesters chose Glyndebourne, which prides itself on its environmental credentials. The opera house has committed to halve direct carbon emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero by 2050.
In 2012, to the dismay of some locals who argued that it was spoiling an area of outstanding natural beauty, Glyndebourne installed a 67-metre wind turbine that was officially unveiled by Sir David Attenborough.
Glyndebourne said at the time that the turbine “provides a visual reminder to us all to do all we can to tackle climate change”.
It makes you wonder who’s next in Just Stop Oil’s sites? The headquarters of Greenpeace? Greta Thunberg’s house in Sweden? The set of St David Attenborough’s next eco-propaganda series?