Recently climate activist group Insulate Britain an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion blocked five strategic junctions of the M25 causing delays of up to four hours.

The amount of CO2 produced by stopping the traffic must be enormous and I am forced to wonder how these protesters think they are going to attract support for their cause by this sort of action, as I imagine the reaction from most sensible people would be one of rage.

Obstruction of a British road without lawful authority or excuse is an offence under section 137 of the Highways Act 1980, with a punishment of a fine and up to six months in prison and yet at junction 14 of the M25, it took four hours to arrest the activists and reopen the road at one of the busiest stretches of motorway in the UK. 

The failure of police to immediately arrest the protesters leaves me lost for words with police officers protecting the law-breaking activists while dragging away an irate driver who attempted to take the law into his own hands. 

What makes matters worse is the remarkably small number of protesters, with only 60 being arrested who it appears in most cases were vastly outnumbered by the police who seemed to be doing nothing but standing there looking at them.

If this is the fastest the police can react I hope I never find myself caught up in a vicious knife attack hoping they might intervene as standing there watching does no good in either of these cases.

Police stand next to the Insulate Britain protesters at junction 20 of the M25 at Kings Langley in Hertfordshire this morning rather than immediately arrest them

About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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