Richard Madeley slams former Green Party leader over protests
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With climate activists continuing to cause traffic disruptions following a week of M25 protests, Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid welcomed former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett onto the ITV show on Monday to discuss the impact these stunts were having on the public. Outlining the devastating consequences of the protests, Richard recalled a story he heard from an LBC caller in which their trip to the hospital was delayed by several hours because of the demonstrations, leading to paralysis for the caller in question’s mother. But as Natalie offered her sympathies for the caller, Richard snapped.
Susanna teed up the discussion, saying to Natalie: “If Chris [the LBC caller] got his mum to hospital in an hour and a half, and he wanted to go because he was worried about an ambulance, she could’ve been protected.
“Instead, he was there for six hours…” she continued before Richard chipped in: “Paralysed, she’s paralysed.”
“How is that helping?” Susanna then probed as the former Green Party leader tried to offer her sympathies.
“I, of course, have the greatest sympathy for Chris and his mum,” Natalie said. “And I do wish him and his mum all the very best -“
Richard Madeley says former Green leader’s answer is ‘disgrace’
But Richard promptly cut Natalie off, launching into a furious rant at her response.
“Big deal, that’s not helping them, is it?” he grilled. “She’s paralysed, she’s paralysed because she was stuck in traffic for six hours when she should’ve been in hospital getting blood thinners, and you offer your sympathies.
“I don’t think they want your sympathies, they want you to explain why you think it’s reasonable to do that to another human being in the cause of what you regard as for the greater good.
“And I have to say, what comes off for the people who are sitting on these motorways is a stench of self-satisfaction and a complete ignorance of the pain and suffering and risk to life that their self-satisfaction is causing.
“I don’t think the people who are suffering want your sympathy, I think they want you to wake up and see what it is you’re doing to private individuals.”
Natalie eventually hit back: “Well I was actually live on LBC on Wednesday morning and I was listening to some of the people that were affected there,
“And one of them was a pharmacist who was concerned he wasn’t able to open his pharmacy but he said, ‘I’m angry about this but I also understand this is a climate emergency and you need to act’…
But Richard quickly intervened again, snapping: “What about the woman who was paralysed?
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“I don’t really care about the pharmacist who gets the point, let’s come back to that clip…”
Susanna also hit back at Natalie: “Unless you were somebody who wanted and needed to get your medication very urgently from your pharmacy that morning.”
And the debate certainly sparked vision among Good Morning Britain viewers too.
Agreeing with Richard, Kristoffa said on Twitter: “This Woman along with the rest of these activists are a damn disgrace! #GMB.”
@Welshlady68 argued, however: “Who does Richard think he is seriously such poor interviewing again by him and susannah back to bbc much better show and presenters !!
Twitter user @Mythoughts96: “Get them moved! Police need the backing to do so, don’t want to be seen to be heavy handed and reprimanded for it. All for trying to change but protest where you don’t block others lives.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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