THIS is the moment an eco-warrior stormed off a Sky News interview after Adam Boulton called him “middle class” and “self-indulgent”.
Robin Boardman declared he “won’t stand for it” as he left Mr Boulton with an empty chair and stalked off – before cutting across the camera again.
He appeared not to want to hang around as he got in shot once more in his efforts to quickly leave the studio, after the pair clashed.
The Sky News stalwart seemed unphased as he moved on to the next piece with a “jolly good” as the younger man left with a dramatic final line.
It comes as demonstrations by Extinction Rebellion across Parliament Square, Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus have disrupted life for more than half a million people since they started on Monday.
And despite more than 300 people arrested over two days, the activists have vowed only to increase their efforts by stopping the London Underground.
Mr Boardman appeared on Sky to outline Extinction Rebellion’s “demands”, before his interviewer said: “You sound like a right-wing fascist. You sound like someone who wants to dictate how people live their lives.”
He ignored this and continued to speak, as Mr Bolton interjected with blows to his argument.
Mr Boulton told him: “You’re not giving people a choice about having their lives disrupted, you are not giving people a choice about what they think because you know it’s right, there is absolutely no democracy in this.”
In a bizarre moment Mr Boardman appeared to become emotional, and his voice broke as he declared how much he cared for the planet.
You sound like a right-wing fascist. You sound like someone who wants to dictate how people live their lives.
But Mr Boulton hit back with: “So half term week when Parliament isn’t even here you come here and you cause disruption in Westminster, you’re not even getting a message across.
“You’re just a load of incompetent, middle class, self-indulgent people who want to try us how to live our lives, that’s what you are isn’t it.”
This appeared to be the final straw for the young campaigner, who stood and walked off set after saying: “We face another hot summer, another el Nino, we are going to see the effects right here in the UK.
“People are not going to be able to put food on their plates. And I won’t stand for that and I won’t stand for people who won’t stand up for what it means to live on this planet, and I won’t stand for anything else.”
Organisers have said they expected thousands of people to participate in non-violent action which could last for “weeks”.
On Tuesday, a pair of climate change protesters were camped out on a glass balcony above the entrance to Shell’s HQ in London.
Campaigners glued themselves to the entrance of the Shell building, and allegedly smashed glass in a bid to force the Government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025.
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Eco warriors have demanded that the Government declares a climate emergency.
Campaigners said in a statement on the action today: “Participants will peacefully break the law in order to stop the Tube and then will wait to be arrested.
“We sincerely apologise to all those who may suffer as a consequence of this disruption. In any other circumstances we would never dream of disrupting the Tube but this is an emergency.”
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