Extinction Rebellion

Revealed: Extinction Rebellion’s plan to exploit the Covid crisis

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Extinction Rebellion sees coronavirus as an ‘opportunity’

The perils of owning an erotic Nazi toy

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

My parents told me that their wartime childhoods were punctuated by the expression: ‘Don’t you know there’s a war on?’…

The police are in thrall to Extinction Rebellion in Cambridge

18 February 2020 2:21 am

When I read that police were invoking emergency powers at an Extinction Rebellion protest in Cambridge I thought: about time,…

Did everyone in punk sell out?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

For many people of a certain age (full disclosure: mine), punk has been a weirdly persistent presence. These days, we…

It’s science, not protest, that will save the planet

21 December 2019 9:00 am

One might expect that the challenge of climate change would encourage many young people to take up Stem (science, technology,…

‘I’ve had two totally successful marriages’: Stanley Johnson interviewed

21 December 2019 9:00 am

If anything could make me feel sorry for Boris Johnson, it’s meeting his father, Stanley. Before we met, he sent…

Meet Congo, the Leonardo of chimps, whose paintings sell for £14,500

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Three million years ago one of our ancestors, Australopithecus africanus, picked up a pebble and took it home to its…

40 years on, Life of Brian has made the world a darker place

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I went to the Battle of Ideas at the Barbican last weekend, a free speech festival organised by the Brexit…

How violent are our jails?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Big Ben protests An Extinction Rebellion protestor climbed to the top of the Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, with…

Joan Collins: why I love London taxi drivers

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Percy and I have seen quite a few movies recently and enjoyed many of them, which is rare. But the…

Lewis Hamilton and the unbearable climate change hypocrites

17 October 2019 2:47 am

By now we’re all used to being lectured by woke hypocritical celebs. But Lewis Hamilton’s suggestion that we all turn…

What Extinction Rebellion and the People’s Vote campaign have in common

16 October 2019 6:14 pm

Extinction Rebellion (XR) has announced it will finish its ‘Autumn Uprising’ earlier than planned in order to make way for…

Portrait of the week: Brexit approaches, Extinction Rebellion protests and Donald Trump tweets

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Home After a telephone conversation between Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, a Downing Street…

Extinction Rebellion proves Aristotle was right about the follies of youth

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Extinction Rebellion is blocking the streets again, foolishly demanding the impossible on a very important issue. But what does one…

We selfish gits must wear the name with pride

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I walked down Villiers Street to Embankment Tube station. In front of me were two Extinction Rebels, a mother and…

You have to laugh at Extinction Rebellion

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I ventured out into Westminster earlier this week to take a look at the Extinction Rebellion protest and it reminded…

Extinction Rebellion is a menace

8 October 2019 10:55 pm

It’s tempting to laugh at Extinction Rebellion. I do it myself frequently. Those yoga sessions on Westminster Bridge. The amateur…

Boris Johnson takes on extinction rebellion at book launch

8 October 2019 9:14 am

To the launch of the final volume of Charles Moore’s biography of Margaret Thatcher at Banqueting House. A mix of…

Let’s give Extinction Rebellion protestors what they want

7 October 2019 11:25 pm

Extinction Rebellion’s leaders have arrived in London by fossil-powered train, car and bus – brandishing their mobile phones full of…

Contraception is the answer to climate change

17 August 2019 9:00 am

When last week’s IPCC report warned that the human race may soon have trouble feeding itself, my reaction was: duh.…

Pure hagiography – the BBC’s Extinction Rebellion: Last Chance To Save The World?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

I’m beginning to feel like Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers: almost the last person on Earth who…

Richard Ayres' The Garden at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Image: © Mark Allan

Hearing Gilbert & Sullivan on period instruments was a revelation

27 April 2019 9:00 am

‘I consider that music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all,’ wrote Stravinsky in one…

The trouble with Greta Thunberg

23 April 2019 11:20 pm

In popular mythology Greta Thunberg is a one-girl revolution who has inspired millions of young people into action by being…