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The Scottish Mail on Sunday - 2021-10-10

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We’re too posh... put workers on TV

Charlotte Griffiths Talk Of The Town

By Max Aitchison

INSULATE Britain is training ‘working class’ activists to give interviews to the media in a bid to shake off its ‘middle class crusties’ image. At a meeting in Coventry last month attended by an undercover MoS reporter, veteran activist Dr Larch Maxey said they needed to appeal to the Red Wall voters to further their aims – and help fund their costs. ‘That’s why we are called Insulate Britain,’ the former geography lecturer explained. ‘It’s trying to draw on everyone in our society, including the patriotic working class that make up the Red Wall voters.’ He added: ‘We know those Red Wall voters are one of Boris’s weak spots. That’s why we have actively chosen working-class spokespeople. We’ve trained them up and we are building that team up all the time so we’ve got electricians going on Good Morning Britain rather than middle-class PR people.’ At the time, Dr Maxey was sporting an ankle tag as part of his bail conditions after being arrested for tunnelling under Euston station to protest against HS2. Last week, he walked free from court after all the charges were dropped. Tory MP Natalie Elphicke, whose constituency includes Dover, which was blockaded by the group, said: ‘It beggars belief that these middle-class revolutionaries now seek to recruit supposedly working class people to front up their cause.’

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