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’:


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

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    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!”

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