GB News: Simon McCoy clashes with environmental campaigner
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Simon McCoy clashed with Donnachadh McCarthy after the pair disagreed over whether Insulate Britain, the group behind the M25 protest this week, was right to disrupt the public. Mr McCoy sympathised with the public who were angry as he pointed out many have been living a certain way for years and it would be difficult to make them change dramatically overnight. The GB News host agreed something needed to be done over the “long-term” to address climate change but Mr McCarthy exploded and said action needed to be taken now before questioning Mr McCoy as a journalist.
Speaking on GB News, Mr McCoy attacked Mr Donnachadh after he defended the M25 protesters who blocked a junction on the M25 for a few hours.
The protesters split the public with some furious ordinary people were being punished for their protest with others praising their work to bring climate change issues to the forefront of conversations.
Sky News reports 78 people were arrested after the protesters sat in the middle of the road during rush hour.
Police were notified at around 8:15am with the roads then cleared two hours later.
Mr McCoy told Mr Donnachadh: “Well I tell you what, people get angry about this because people need to drive to work, this is their routine.
“This is what they do and now they’re being made to feel guilty for doing what they’ve done for years.
“Perhaps in the long run, yes they need to change what they do and maybe they should…”
But Mr Donnachadh took issue with what Mr McCoy said about things in the long run and called him out on it.
M25: Insulate Britain protesters block traffic on motorway
The columnist added: “What do you mean the long run we have to change?
“Wheat prices are up 50 percent his year because of the wildfires in Canada, there’s a shortage of wood because of the fires in Siberia and across the northern hemisphere.
“We have to act now you cannot talk about long term that is irresponsible.
“How can you as a serious journalist come on a programme like this and talk about long term?
“We need to change when the changes happen.”
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Mr McCoy then brought up those whose livelihoods have been affected by the disruption by stating delivery drivers who may have quotas to meet for the day may not complete all of his jobs.
Mr Donnachadh disagreed and said there was no one whose business was drastically affected by the traffic.
He added the concerns Mr McCoy had about those going to bed hungry or cold ran deeper than simple disruptions on the motorway.
Superintendent of Hertfordshire Police Adam Willmot commented on the protest and said: “We were called to reports of a protest at around 8am today and quickly mobilised resources to the scene.
“The M25 was closed westbound at junction 20, resulting in congestion and delays on both the M25 and the A41.
“Protestors ignored police requests to move location, so we took robust action to enable roads to be reopened and to remove the protestors causing obstructions.
“Our officers dealt with the disruption as quickly as possible, reopening routes for local businesses and residents.
“The road closures were lifted by 10.20am.”
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