Patrick Christys has erupted over the definition of terrorism with Insulate Britain spokesman Liam Norton, arguing that the climate group should be classed as a “terrorist group”. It came after the organisation blocked many parts of the M25 in recent weeks to urge the Government to insulate all social housing by 2025.
The GB News presenter said: “One thing I have read, and it’s the CPS’s definition of terrorism.
“And it is ‘terrorism is the use of threats of action, both in and outside of the UK, designed to influence any international government organization or to intimidate the public.
“’It must also be for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial, or ideological cause’.
“Are you a terrorist?”
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Liam Norton said: “I think you’ve misread that definition.”
Mr Christys said: “I haven’t – it’s right in front of me.”
Mr Norton said: “You’ve misunderstood it haven’t you?
“Because we are not violent. Are we?”
Mr Christys said: “You don’t have to be violent! But you’ve ticked all the other boxes.”
Mr Norton continued: “Terrorism is using violence in order to gain political…
Mr Christys said: “Influence on any international Government.”
The Insulate Britain campaigner said: “You’ve misunderstood Patrick.
“You’re a journalist and you’ve misunderstood it.”
Transport for London (TfL) said the civil banning order applies to 14 locations around the capital including some of its busiest roads and it follows several previous injunctions against members of the group.
The legal action comes after protesters blocked motorway junctions for the 12th time in the past four weeks on Friday, causing emotional clashes with motorists.
Insulate Britain activists said about 40 demonstrators were involved in blocking the junction of the M25 motorway and the A501 at Old Street roundabout at rush hour on the last working day of the week, prompting long queues of traffic.
TfL said the fresh injunction was granted later on Friday afternoon.