The leaders of eco-fanatics Insulate Britain, who have terrorized British road users in recent weeks, have sarcastically admitted that he is a ‘hypocrite’ who ‘does not care’ about isolation.
Liam Norton, 36, made the bizarre admission while being interviewed by talkRadio presenter Cristo Foufas about his failure to run an energy-efficient home Saturday morning.
When asked by Foufa’s why the avid eco-warrior has not isolated his own £ 360,000 London apartment, Norton jokingly replies: ‘Because I’m a hypocrite.
After being challenged on comments he made in which he claimed that climate change would result in ‘millions of people losing their lives through slaughter and starvation’, a death knell Norton says: ‘I know I’m awful right? ‘
The electrician then said sarcastically, ‘I don’t really care about insulation.’
Sir. Norton, who made headlines weeks ago when he stormed out of ITV’s GMB after being challenged by host Susanna Reid, is said to be leading Insulate Britain’s M25 protests.
Insulate Britain leader Liam Norton, 36, (pictured) admitted that he is a ‘hypocrite’ who ‘does not care’ about isolation when challenged by talkRadios Cristo Foufas
The electrician made the bizarre admission while being interviewed by talkRadio presenter Cristo Foufas about his failure to run an energy-efficient home on Saturday morning
Asked by Foufa’s why the avid eco-warrior has not isolated his own £ 360,000 London apartment, Norton jokingly replies: ‘Because I’m a hypocrite.
Norton’s astonishing admission is the latest in a series of high-profile car accident interviews with the media.
Presenter Cristo Foufas pressured the eco-warrior on his own actions and asked: ‘Do you understand why people will think, yes, this guy does not care about isolation, he only cares about causing disruption and trying to make a name for himself? ‘
Norton replied, ‘Yes, they are right. I’m not very interested in insulation. ‘
The electrician also admitted that his fellow protesters have been ‘mystified’ by the lack of punishment they have been subjected to so far.
‘We are as mystified as the rest of the British public as to why Priti Patel has not put us in jail,’ he told Foufas.
‘She has the option of remanding us in custody for public nuisance, criminal damage, and the British people should ask why they have not chosen to do so as we are just as mystified as everyone else.’
His comments are likely to infuriate the tens of thousands of Britons who have been forced to watch Insulate Britain’s disruptive tactics take place undisturbed by police forces in the South East.
This week, about 40 protesters from the hated group were seen sitting on the road at junction 25 of the M25 at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire and on the A501 at the Old Street roundabout.
The group descended on both sites around 9 a.m. Friday, with the Met tweeting three hours later to say the roads had been cleared after 16 arrests on the M25 and 19 at the roundabout.
But TfL has received an order from the High Court to ban the controversial protesters from blocking traffic in various places in the English capital, such as the Vauxhall Bridge, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and Chiswick roundabout.
The injunction also applies to busy London sites, including Hanger Lane, the Hammersmith gyratory system, the Blackwall Tunnel, the A501 ring road from Edgware Road to Old Street, Staples Corner, the Redbridge roundabout and the Kidbrooke junction.
Protesters will no longer be allowed to block Park Lane, Marble Arch Hyde Park Corner, Elephant and Castle – including all entrances and exits and the Victoria one-way system.
Insulate Britain has called on the government to fund nationwide insulation projects in all social housing by 2025. Pictured: Protesters outside Old Street, London
It came as new evidence emerged of the public’s growing opposition to isolating Britain’s selfish behavior, with YouGov finding that 72% were against their actions, up from 59% when protests only began in mid-September.
And after three weeks of protest, the group has only led several to believe that they are actually obstructing their own cause – 64% thought this in September, and 73% think it now
It came as new evidence emerged of the public’s growing anger over Insulate Britain’s selfish behavior, with YouGov finding that 72% were against their actions, up from 59% when protests only began in mid-September.
And after three weeks of protest, the group has only led several to believe that they are actually obstructing their own cause – 64% believed this in September, and 73% believe it now.
Two of the highway bandits were paralyzed by a furious mother whose daughter was delayed in teaching because of their actions, who told them: ‘It backs up, all because all you care about is insulating houses.
‘My daughter is late for school, you mess with children’s education because you are selfish. I hope you got it on camera, I think they are a disgrace. ‘
The much-hated organization has called on the government to fund nationwide insulation projects in all social housing by 2025.
But the group’s spokesman, Mr Norton, generates more CO2 emissions than most of his neighbors with a home that has ‘no roof insulation’; ‘no cavity wall insulation’ ‘poor heat management’ and ‘very poor lighting’.
Norton’s £ 360,000 two-bedroom apartment on the first floor of Streatham, south London, pumps out four tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, its Energy Performance Certificate [EPC] reveals
Last week, Norton TV presenter Susannah Reid told that the lack of isolation in her own home was not relevant when she challenged him during a live interview on Good Morning Britain
He ripped off his microphone and fled the GMB studio when the host further challenged him to report poor energy efficiency in his own property
The two-bedroom apartment on the first floor of Streatham in south London has an energy class of the E-the lowest category allowed for rental properties.
The home, which measures just 46 square meters, pumps out four tons of carbon dioxide a year, its energy presentation certificate [EPC] reveals.
Last month, however, Norton told TV presenter Susannah Reid that the lack of isolation in her own home was not relevant when she challenged him during a live interview on Good Morning Britain.
He said, ‘Whether my home is isolated or not does not change the fact that millions of homes are not isolated.’
Asked why he had not insulated his home, he replied: ‘You know that insulation costs thousands, tens of thousands [of pounds]. ‘
Norton, who has not taken part in any of the sit-down protests, later collided with Reid’s co-president Richard Madeley when he compared Insulate Britain’s actions to Churchill’s stance on Adolf Hitler in the 1930s before storming out of the studio.