Moment Extinction Rebellion activist who sprayed painted Tory HQ storms out of Sky interview after host Adam Boulton brands group ‘incompetent middle-class people who tell us how to live our lives’
- Robin Boardman-Pattison, 20, stomped off set during live Sky News interview
- Extinction Rebellion activist was being quizzed about ongoing London protests
- The group was branded ‘incompetent, self-indulgent people’ by Adam Boulton
A climate change activist who once vandalised Tory HQ with spraypaint was today branded a ‘stroppy teenager’ after he stormed out of a live Sky News interview.
Robin Boardman-Pattison, 21, stomped off set when Extinction Rebellion protestors were branded ‘incompetent, middle class, self-indulgent people’ by host Adam Boulton.
He was being quizzed by the news channel as the group continued to cause chaos across London for a third day, which has seen more than 300 people arrested.
Boardman-Pattison, who according to blogger Guido Fawkes was a leading member of an anti-Heathrow expansion group that vandalised the Conservative Party HQ last summer, tried to explain to Mr Boulton why the group was protesting.
He said: ‘I care so deeply so deeply about all the people in this world and all the life on it – and I will not see it die.
‘Millions of people are going to starve. We face another hot summer and we are going to see the effects right here in the UK.
‘People are not going to be able to put food on their plates and I won’t stand for that. I won’t stand for people who won’t stand up for what it means to live on this planet – and I won’t stand for anything else.’
But Veteran broadcaster Mr Boulton said: ‘I feel very patronised by you because I feel that I’m well aware of what the situation is and I don’t see why millions of fellow citizens should be inconvenienced.
Mr Boardman-Pattison (left) was being interviewed by host Adam Boulton (right) on Sky News as Extinction Rebellion continued to cause chaos across London for a third day
Mr Boardman-Pattison (pictured during the interview) is reported to be a leading member of an anti-Heathrow expansion group that vandalised the Conservative Party HQ last summer
‘After a week Parliament has left, you come here and cause disruption in Westminster. You are not even getting your message across.
‘You’re like the incompetent middle-class, self-indulgent people and you want to tell us how to live our lives. That’s what you are, aren’t you?’
The activist then got up from his chair and stormed off the set.
Footage of the exchange was posted to Twitter with one user writing: ‘Extinction Rebellion representative stomps out of his interview like a stroppy teenager after being torn apart on Sky.’
After Mr Boulton branded protestors ‘incompetent, middle class, self-indulgent people’ he stormed off set
According to Guido Fawkes Boardman-Pattison was recently a languages student at Bristol University, and occasionally makes foreign language poetry videos on YouTube.
It is claimed that over the summer he shared a conspiracy theory on Facebook calling allegations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party a ‘smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn.’
The row came as climate change protesters climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway train today on the third day of mayhem across London.
Commuters and businesses are raging at the major disruption to at least 500,000 people as a boat continues to block Oxford Circus, activists dance on Waterloo Bridge and rows of tents block key routes through the capital.
Climate activists stand on top of the Dockland Light Railway at Canary Wharf station in East London this morning
Police officers remove a protester as activists from the Extinction Rebellion campaign group block Waterloo Bridge today
Police remove a protester who had glued himself to the window of a DLR train at Canary wharf station this morning
Extinction Rebellion protesters glued their hands to DLR carriages at Canary Wharf as they boasted of holding their four key strongholds, but police switched off the Tube’s public wifi to stop them co-ordinating protests.
Protests have been taking place at Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge, Marble Arch – with activists urging others to gather at Oxford Circus today. More than 300 have been arrested during clashes with police in 48 hours.
The protests have led to road closures, gridlock and serious disruption to public transport, with 55 bus routes closed and 500,000 people affected. West End retailers are estimated to have lost £12million in sales in two days.