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Activist group Insulate Britain took part in another protest on Wednesday which brought lorries on the M25 motorway to a standstill. Spokesperson for the movement Gabby Ditton appeared on GB News to defend their actions, and found herself in a heated row with presenter Dan Wootton.
Wootton revealed the address given to the authorities upon Ditton’s arrest had a low energy rating of D.
However, Ditton claimed she had moved house several times and believes her current home has been properly insulated.
She argued: “I don’t even know what address you’ve got. I’ve moved house quite a lot.”
The activist referred to the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which warned human activity would raise the Earth’s temperature by 1.5 degrees or more over the next 20 years.
“Code red for humanity,” she exclaimed. “IPCC report, and we’re talking about one of the places I’ve lived.”
The GB News presenter claimed she was being ridiculous as she continued to repeat the movement’s “code red” slogan.
“There’s no point just repeating the same catchphrase over and over again,” he retorted.
“Do you not understand how ridiculous it sounds?”
“You are literally stopping people from getting to hospital appointments and potentially causing deaths because you want the government to insulate everyone’s home.”
He claimed: “But you haven’t properly insulated your own home.”
Ditton insisted Wootton’s findings were untrue as she has moved house since her last arrest.
She hit back: “For what it’s worth I do believe the place that I am living at the moment has proper insulation.”
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Wootton assured his guest he wouldn’t be reading her address out on television, though assumed she had given the correct address to the authorities.
However, he still considered the group’s demands hypocritical considering Ditton’s home had not been properly insulated when she had been protesting.
He maintained the protestors should have a sense of personal responsibility and insulate their own homes if they wish the government to provide insulation for the whole country.
Ditton asked: “So you wouldn’t listen to anybody that hasn’t done that as an essential first step?”
The GB News presenter referred to his earlier conversation with fellow activist Liam Norton, who revealed he had not insulated his home and had an energy rating of E.
He claimed Insulate Britain are a “group of hypocrites” after speaking with two members who have lived in homes with low energy ratings.
“You are going to lose all credibility with the British public,” he warned. “It’s do as I say, not as I do.”
His guest cut across his argument as she maintained it was unreasonable to expect the protestors to live “off-grid” without the benefits of electricity to support their cause.
He once again accused her of not living in an insulated property, but Ditton insisted this was not true of her current address.
GB News is available to watch on Sky on channel 515, Freeview channel 236 and Virgin Media channel 626.
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