Greta Thunberg has enraged Toby Young. The mud he slings at her can only land on himself.

Greta Thunberg and Toby Young

Climate activist Greta Thunberg appears to have enraged pro-establishment commentator Toby Young. But given she’s a 16-year-old who has already inspired a movement across 100 countries, the mud Young slings at her only reflects badly on himself.

“Privileged daughter”

Young first asked when someone’s going to ‘call Thunberg out’:


Read on...

Then the Mail Online contributor tweeted an article attacking her for having a mother who’s a singer:

In response, people were unforgiving:

Besides, this crisis goes beyond individuals. In October 2018, the UN warned we have 12 years to limit the climate catastrophe. And this may downplay the problem; because if we hit climate tipping points, that could set off an unstoppable chain reaction.

“Using her for their political aims”

Right-wing commentator Julia Hartley-Brewer also chimed in:

The takedowns were swift:

Thunberg is right. Global governments are sleeping at the wheel on this monumental issue. In the UK, the current manifesto of the main opposition party – Labour – pledges to roll out local, publicly funded renewable energy firms across the country to rapidly decarbonise the economy. The party has also committed to “seeking a common framework to ensure that all our policies are stress tested against their environmental impact”.

It’s a matter of urgency that we support this, as well as the type of direct action young people, like the school strikers Thunberg inspired, are taking. The enraging of establishment figures like Young and Hartley-Brewer is simply a bonus.

Featured image via Guardian News/ YouTube and I am Incorrigible/ YouTube

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us
  • Show Comments
    1. Toby Young used to be on the editorial board of “Living Marxism”, the theoretical journal of the “Revolutionary Communist Party”, but they were neither revolutionary, communist, nor a party; they were a gaggle of “ex-trotskyist popinjays”(to quote George Galloway) who wrote pseudo-marxist-sounding articles supporting right-wing policies; they attacked ITN over the photos of the concentration camps at Trnopolje and Omarska (During the Bosnian War)claiming they were faked, using the same arguments as Moon-landing photo deniers. they claimed that the “Starving man” didn’t exist; until he walked into the court, at which point they all (including Young) all cried, “No! No! Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhhh!”

    Leave a Reply

    Join the conversation

    Please read our comment moderation policy here.