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.