Mick Hume over at Spiked-online has a thoughtful post on the “shocking” revelations that a British undercover cop, Police Constable (PC) Mark Kennedy has gone native and offered to give evidence for the defense.
Which aspect are we supposed to be most shocked by? The fact that the
police are so paranoid they have spent a fortune infiltrating a
conservative little group of eco-activists whose idea of radical protest
was normally to climb some trees, cranes and chimneys? Or that a group
of allegedly ‘hardcore’ eco-activists could be so easily taken in by a
cop poseur who apparently held no strong political views, but did just
happen to have a van and plenty of money he was keen to devote to
protests? Or that the state is now so lacking in institutional coherence
and loyalty that it cannot stop its top trained agents deserting the
Crown for a ramshackle green outfit?
Why should PC Kennedy have seen siding with the greens as a betrayal at all, given that so much of respectable and mainstream opinion in the UK sympathises with the aims of the eco-activists today, if not always with their tactics? Little wonder perhaps, as other activists have noted, that he seemed so enthusiastic about the protests and later so upset at having helped get them arrested.
Despite their self-image as radical harbingers of change, these
environmentalist protestors espouse essentially conservative and
conformist views about the need to curtail economic growth and impose
PC Kennedy and his tribe yearn for a day where change doesn’t move so fast and they will live in harmony with their world. Good luck with that. In the name of a predicted threat one hundred years off, they want to make coal more expensive and raise the price of electricity, hurting the least able to afford higher bills.
Every day seven billion of us get about the business of living. Simple survival is priority one for our bottom billion. In the name of a predicted threat one hundred years off, PC Kennedy and his tribe fret over humankind’s 2% contribution in the total carbon cycle and hurt those most in need by promoting the idea of growing our fuel instead of growing food.
If this affair has highlighted the basic conservatism of the radical green groups’ politics, it has also pointed to the problems created by the incoherence and elitism of their organisation.