Snivelling little hypocrites

Greenpeace activists and their celebrity emissaries are so prone to hypocrisy. Why is this so typical of the left?

Greenpeace defile the facade of the National Gallery
On 27 February 2012 15:22

Hypocrisy: so often described as the tribute that vice pays to virtue. But what kind of half-hearted tributes are Greenpeace activists paying when their top brass attend a Shell function that their activists are openly demonstrating against?

Do you think it would have helped their cause at all to have Greenpeace grand poobahs fraternising with Shell grandees during the latter's annual party? No, certainly not. In fact it leaves the sour taste of a cheap Merlot in ones mouth - but I bet that isn't what John Sauven and Doug Parr were quaffing at the National Gallery while their activists protested so pitifully outside.

That's right, in a pathetic display whereby a Greenpeace banner couldn't even be read on the portico of the venue, activists congregated in the cold to object to Shell's drilling in the Arctic. While their 'polar bear' wandered around Trafalgar Square, their director and chief scientist rubbed shoulders with those that the organisation is supposedly protesting against. According to the Evening Standard, guests had to slip in the side door to avoid the protests. One wonders whether the Greenpeace emissaries felt the correct amount of shame in having to avoid their own activists in this manner.

Despite the fact that they were illegally trespassing and vandalising the facade of the National Gallery in this manner, police made no arrests of the far-left activists - perhaps they understood that the group had already been shamed enough by the fact that a police cordon meant no one could read their banner - or more likely  because of something one of the activists said:


"We're here to tell Shell, and their guests, that oil companies have to keep out of the Arctic. The region is too fragile to risk an oil spill that experts say would be almost impossible to clean up."

Indeed! Tell Shell's guests all about it! Two of them are your most senior staff. Despite the fact that these guys were protesting an unlikely future catastrophe (which renders their protest about as valid as a opposing the collapse of the Severn Bridge), the hilarity of a Greenpeace activist telling Shell's guests (her bosses being two of them) about the dangers of drilling in the Arctic makes for great enjoyment. 

This all of course at the same time as Xena Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless is being bailed out on burglary charges for the trespass on a Shell tanker this week. But wait - there's more!

Lawless was the star of a television advert in the 1990s, for none other than the 'disgusting' oil giant themselves. That's right - according to Lawless (or should we say, Feckless?) you can 'be sure of Shell'. Which tells us another thing we already knew about these celebrity pseudo-campaigners. When they're out for a quick buck - morals are hard to come by. But when they've 'made it' to the point where they have a crashing career to save - they're always willing to bear the brunt of the law and those god awful oil companies who used to pay their salaries. So will Lawless give her fee for the advert back to Shell? Or will she remain a snivelling little hypocrite?

Raheem Kassam is the Executive Editor of The Commentator. He tweets at @RaheemJKassam

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