Insulate Britain: MP suggests protesters should be 'de-radicalised'
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Labour MP Khalid Mahmood appeared on TalkRADIO and gave his damning verdict on Insulate Britain and why police authorities have seemingly avoided cracking down on the group. Mr Mahmood explained members of terror groups would go through deradicalisation and have mental health checks to try and rehabilitate them. But Insulate Britain, who refused to let a woman see her sick mother in the hospital, appeared to have “groomed” members into fanatically believing in the climate change group with Mr Mahmood believing they have avoided being treated as terrorists because they are white and middle class.
Speaking on TalkRADIO, Mr Mahmood joined host James Whale to discuss the Insulate Britain protests earlier this week which saw London roads blocked.
Mr Whale asked the Labour politician: “What is gonna happen with these moronic idiots who are blocking the roads because [Keir Starmer] didn’t really say very much about them either?”
Mr Mahmood replied: “Well, look, you know, this is not justifiable, it’s not allowed.
“When you’re taking people’s lives and somebody who was travelling literally lost their life because of a stroke attack and couldn’t get the ambulance on time.
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“There was a lady you’ve seen on TV begging them to get out of the way because she wants to go and see her mum who has just been taken to hospital.
“The fact [is to them] that lives being lost is worth doing, they can never ever be allowed to do that.
“I think there needs to be a real assessment, a mental health assessment, of people who’ve been groomed into this.
“If you were a terrorist in the non-conventional sense of the word you have people who are saying you’ve been groomed, you need to be deradicalised and there are issues around that.
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“Why is it, because these people are white middle-class people, that they can get away with this?”
Mr Whale agreed with Mr Mahmood’s assessment and called the members “nutcases” who did not have their own homes insulated.
He recalled Liam Norton, who represents the group, appearing on Good Morning Britain and walking off after he was exposed for not having his home insulated.
The radio host then stated he would not have any Insulate Britain members on his show as he did not want to give the group oxygen.
Mr Mahmood left the Labour frontbench after the party’s defeat in the Hartlepool by-election and delivered a scathing review of the state of the party.
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He wrote in an open letter that Labour had been taken over by “a London-based bourgeoisie, with the support of brigades of woke social media warriors”.
Insulate Britain claimed around 60 supporters blocked Hanger Lane in north London, Blackwall tunnel in south-east London, and Wandsworth Bridge in south-west London.
The demonstration marked the fourth week of protest by the group who have seen a high court injunction issued against them to stop them protesting on the M25.
Furious motorists angry at the inaction from the police were seen on video dragging protesters off the street to allow traffic through.
Emergency services were also caught up in the havoc with one woman going viral after she begged the group to move so she could see her elderly mother in the hospital.
Insulate Britain has been contacted for comment
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