Soup and Sunflowers

With the characteristic reasonableness of those who collect their urine and feces into a jerry can and plaster the contents over statues of national heroes, eco-protestors this week gave the British government an ultimatum. Either the government stops all new oil and gas licenses, or Just Stop Oil and friends will continue their campaign of ‘civil disobedience.’

By civil disobedience, they mean gluing themselves to roads, tying themselves to bridges, blocking ambulances, spraying paint over public buildings, and of course, throwing soup at priceless works of art.

The choice is simple: would we like to freeze to death or starve to death? It’s a trick question. Without fossil fuels, we’ll both freeze and starve to death.

Recently, two Gen Zs armed with canned soup and canned lines glued themselves to the National Gallery wall after splashing tomato soup over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

Phoebe Plummer, 21, and her mate, Anna Holland, 20, went viral after their protest in the name of Just Stop Oil.

With her bottom lip quivering in unexamined youthful angst, Plummer reeled off the third-rate lines of a fourth-rate drama.

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About Christopher Gage

Christopher Gage is a British political journalist and a founding member of the Gentlemen of the Swig. Subscribe to his Substack, "Oxford Sour."

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