pete75 wrote: pwa wrote: 661-Pete wrote:Story here
. I'm frankly really disappointed to read of this turn of events. All I can say is, I hope this action was taken by only a minority of XR activists. I shall be writing to our local XR organiser to make my views known.
As has been pointed out in the Br**** thread, no-one's perfect....
If it is a rogue group they need reeling in because you don't win hearts and minds by disrupting the lives of potential allies. Having a go at the Tube will just annoy everyone and convince people that they don't have a serious message.This is an attack on public transport.
As are any attacks on flights and airports.
Yes, I think it is accurate that attacks on flights and airports are attacks on public transport too. I don’t fly and believe it bad for the environment but if I had a flight to make and it was delayed or disrupted by direct action then I’d be somewhat put out. I think it quite OK to persuade someone not to fly for the sake of the future but people also live in the moment and have reasons important enough to them to spend considerable sums on tickets not to mention the logistics of connecting flights, etc. Direct action puts XR in direct conflict with those reasons (which are important to the individual right now) and their purpose would be better served by persuasive means that look to change the passengers’ future actions.
There is however some difference between the urgency of day to day travel and that of commercial flights, to some extent flying is much more of a discretionary activity whilst commuting is much more a daily necessity and delays can have serious and direct implications that kick-in in the next hour or so.
I think that the word ‘attacks’ says it all. XR need to understand that physical attacks on transport are going to be counter productive to their message and that those passengers whose immediate lives are turned upside down by attacks on public transport are likely to vent their frustration on those deliberately causing the immediate upset.