Boris Johnson called climate protesters 'uncooperative crusties'. But his dad supports Extinction Rebellion

Louis Staples
Tuesday 08 October 2019 14:30
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It’s been a turbulent few weeks for the Johnson family.

Just weeks after Boris Johnson became prime minister, his brother Jo Johnson resigned from government and as an MP, citing a difficulty to reconcile personal matters with the “national interest”.

Then, Johnson’s sister Rachel appeared to slap down his Brexit plans, suggesting he was being pressurised by people who stand to make money from a no-deal Brexit. She also branded comments he made in the House of Commons "reprehensible".

This time, the PM seems to be the one throwing jabs.

Speaking at the launch in London of the third volume of Margaret Thatcher’s biography by journalist Charles Moore, Johnson branded Extinction Rebellion climate protestors as “uncooperative crusties”.

He then said they should abandon their “hemp-smelling bivouacs” and stop blocking the streets of London.

A remark like this from a disgruntled Tory prime minister might not seem out of the ordinary, particularly from someone like Boris Johnson.

But there’s just one problem

Johnson’s dad, Stanley Johnson, seems to be a supporter of Extinction Rebellion. He’s worn the Extinction Rebellion badge and has photographed himself next to their protests.

Neither of the men have commented on their apparent differences on this issue, but we’re sure it won’t be long before this family tension rears its head.

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