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‘You would let my son die?’ Vine caller takes on Just Stop Oil protest

Furious Vine caller takes on Just Stop Oil protesters

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Phone-in caller Debra told the panel about taking her son having a blocked windpipe and having to take him to A&E. Debra hypothetically asked Ms Dunlop if she would let her son die if protestors were blocking the road and she needed to take her child that couldn’t breathe to the hospital. The comments caused Andrew Pierce and Jeremy Vine to go back and forth over caller Debra’s comments with Ms Dunlop. Just Stop Oil have been causing chaos across the capital due to their ongoing demonstrations for a number of weeks now, the activist group have divided the British public as some people agree with them and other condemn their actions.

Phone-in caller Debra from Count Fermanagh told Jeremy Vine: “I just want to as you one question Tessa, do you have children?”

Ms Dunlop added: “I do, I took one on the march, yeah she didn’t last long actually.”

Caller Debra said: “Well I’ve actually had a son in a car with me, he had a blocked windpipe, his throat had swollen up and he could hardly breathe.

“I had to take him to A&E, I had no blue light, I had no ambulance… I was in a car, and the protestors wouldn’t let me pass if I was in that queue.

“But do you know what I’d be doing Tessa… What would you do? Would you sit there and let them protestors, you know still protest and say oh well they’re protesting I will just let my son die. Would you do that Tessa?!”

Ms Dunlop added: “No, obviously if you’ve got an emergency you would reason with them, and I’m sure that in that case that you would get through.

“And I understand that you would lose your cool, but the problem is they’re very visible and that’s why we’re talking about them.

“This is a hugely visual demonstration as several have been on bridges queue… Stuffing things in the face of wax works, but because the problem is invisible even air pollution takes the lives of 28 to 30…”

Mr Vine said: “But we’re talking about a child with something blocked in his wind pipe, that’s urgent!”

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Ms Dunlop said: “Yes we are, and I’m saying I hear that and it’s visual confrontation and a visual case and it will hit the headlines.

“But Debra, we’re losing 30,000 lives alone in this country because of poor quality air pollution.”

Mr Pierce added: “Debra would have lost her son, Debra would have lost her son…”

Ms Dunlop commented: “And 30,000 people are dying because of air pollution.”

Mr Pierce said: “So that’s alright then?”

Ms Dunlop added: “No, but what I’m saying is…”

Mr Pierce said: “So Debra can lose her son can she?”

Ms Dunlop said: “I’m not saying it’s ok for Debra to lose her son, but what I’m saying is climate change and not looking after the planet is costing lives.”

Caller Debra added: “Not when it’s putting people’s lives at risk, I don’t agree with it, and I don’t agree with what they’re doing.

“And I would physically of had to go to the front and drag them away, I would’ve been able to do that as well.”

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Just Stop Oil have been causing major disruptions across the capital for a number of weeks now.

Many ordinary Britons have been swept up in the chaos as they have tried to go about their daily lives.

The environmental activists have vowed to keep demonstrating until their demands are met by the British Government.

Spiked Online Chief Political Writer Brendan O’Neill slammed protestors for disrupting ordinary people.

“Young working-class men in building gear pleaded with the eco-hysterics to let them go home.

He added: “Just Stop Oil isn’t only inconveniencing working people, people who are economically and socially productive. They’re also harming the ill and vulnerable.

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