The blockade on Friday night of newspaper print works that prevented the distribution of several national titles, including The Telegraph, was carried out by veteran green militants with a record of bringing chaos to Britain’s streets.
Among the activists outside the printing plant in Broxbourne, Herts, was Donnachadh McCarthy, a green lifestyle coach who appears frequently on radio and television, including the BBC’s It’s Not Easy Being Green and ITV’s How Green is Your House?
At 9,30am on Saturday he tweeted a photograph of the blockade at Broxbourne, saying: “Dawn at #ExtinctionRebellion blockade of Murdoch’s print works. 9 hours & loads of rebels still locked on. Murdoch + media billionaires must Tell the Truth on climate & ecology crises.”
Mr McCarthy, who works as an environmental auditor for businesses and is the author of The Prostitute State – How Britain’s Democracy Was Bought, is also an environmental columnist on the Independent newspaper. He has also written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Esquire magazine.
Last week he addressed a sit-down protest by Extinction Rebellion outside 55 Tufton Street, near the Houses of Parliament, which he described as “home to many shadowy ‘think tanks’”.