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Insulate Britain: blocking roads will alienate some people – but it's still likely to be effective

By Oscar Berglund, Lecturer in International Public and Social Policy, University of Bristol
Graeme Hayes, Reader in Political Sociology, Aston University
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Insulate Britain is a campaign group urging government action on greenhouse gas emissions and fuel poverty in the country’s housing stock. Their methods have recently landed them in the news, as activists blocked parts of the M25 – the motorway surrounding London – by sitting on slip roads and in the carriageway until their removal by police.

The long delays their protests caused drew outrage from motorists and much of the media that…

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