Anti-Frackers are normal – shock report by Judy Hobson for the BBC!
There was a very interesting report on the role of women in the anti-fracking protest movement on BBC “Inside Out” which made the point very clearly that the childish mis-characterisation of all anti-frackers as “professional” activists couldn’t be farther from the truth.
You can see it here whilst it is available http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06g233h/inside-out-north-west-05102015. The piece starts 10 minutes in.
Now, I am not suggesting that there is anything intrinsically wrong with being a committed activist – far from it. I have the utmost respect for those environmental campaigners and activists who put their concern for our world before their own comfort and sometimes safety. There are some campaigners against fracking who would fit this bill, and the campaign is richer for them. Clearly opposition to fracking brings in people from all sorts of backgrounds and people who hold a broad spectrum of political and social opinions. This diversity is one of the campaign’s great strengths.
But in persuading the undecided it is important that people should realise that the vast majority of people opposing fracking are (wait for it ….) – JUST LIKE THEM.
So thank you to the BBC for making this point so clearly, and well done to the subjects of the film for getting this point across so very clearly.