Just Stop Oil: We are the Real Opposition

Just Stop Oil responds to news that Ed Miliband, Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Justin Rowlatt, the Climate Editor for BBC News, have been banned from speaking at Glastonbury Festival, because representatives from Just Stop Oil are also speaking at the event. [1]

We understand that Ed Miliband, the former Labour Party Leader, has been forbidden by the Labour Party leadership from attending the Glastonbury Festival where he was due to share a platform with Just Stop Oil co-founder Indigo Rumbelow. Justin Rowlatt, who was due to share a platform with Just Stop Oil’s Sarah Lunnon, has been banned by the BBC. The event is scheduled to feature a number of talks over the weekend with representatives of Just Stop Oil.

Just Stop Oil issued the following statement:

Contrast the cowardice of Ed Miliband and Justin Rowlatt, with the actions of Dale Vince and Gary Lineker, who in recent weeks stood up for something in the face of far-right mudslinging. History will be kind to those who did what was right, regardless of whether or not it elicited the ire of the Daily Mail.

The only Real Opposition in Britain is Just Stop Oil, because only we are speaking the truth and acting as if that truth is real. The Labour Party is led by a pathological liar, who rose to leadership on falsehoods, in what was one of the most dishonest leadership campaigns in recent history. They are already rolling back on their pledges to halt new oil and gas and they have no intention of stopping the projects that this illegitimate, zombie government is furiously rubber-stamping, in one last-ditch arson spree.

No new oil and gas is not ‘a policy’ – it is a question of whether you decide to commit mass murder. It’s a question of whether you put into question the very continuation of the British state and our society. Throughout history, every authoritarian regime with genocidal aspirations has been facilitated by a weak political opposition, as well as the legions of collaborators, bureaucrats and people ‘just following orders’ that continue business-as-usual.

In the UK we have a pantomime democracy. It has been bought by oil companies, hedge fund managers and media billionaires who sell us the lie that the status quo can be maintained. The truth is that putting more carbon into the atmosphere in 2023 will bring about the wholesale destruction of ordered society. It will destroy our ability to grow food. It will destroy the world trading system and create permanent depression. It means the collapse of our health systems, education systems; it means the loss of our pensions and savings, and don’t even mention law and order. It is all going to be beyond fucked.

The next thousand generations’ very existence is dependent on what we do right now. Just Stop Oil is on the right side of history, which side will you be on?

The revelation comes in the wake of backtracking by the Labour Party over their pledge to halt licensing of new oil and gas. Keir Starmer has said that if Labour wins the next election, he would not block any new oil and gas developments agreed by the Conservatives between now and then. This includes the massive Rosebank oil and gas field, which is expected to get the government’s green light within weeks. Labour have also watered down their £28bn a year ‘green investment’ plan. [2][3]

If you’re attending Glastonbury, attend a Just Stop Oil talk at the Speakers Forum and join the Real Opposition:


5pm: Media and Climate – Roger Harrabin, Patrick Greenfield, Clare Farrell XR, Sarah Lunnon JSO,  Dr Alex Lockwood


12pm: Police Bills – Baroness Jenny Jones, Lisa Wintersteiger, Louise Harris JSO

3pm: Stopping New Oil – Jolyon Maugham, Good Law, Eben Lazarus JSO, Sophie Cowen, Chair Roger Harrabin

5pm: How to Just Stop Oil – Indigo Rumbelow


1pm: Reform, Protest or Resistance – Cllr Shane Collins, Areeba Hamid, Baroness Jenny Jones, Clare Farrell XR, Indigo Rumbelow JSO.

Just Stop Oil is calling on everyone to get off the sidelines and join in civil resistance against new oil, gas and coal.

The time is now. Join us and slow march while you still can. Our indefinite campaign of civil resistance is underway and will not end until our government makes a meaningful statement halting new fossil fuel projects in the UK.

Join Just Stop Oil on a slow march at midday every Saturday, at Parliament Square until we win.


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Notes to Editors

[1] Just Stop Oil is a coalition of groups working together to demand that the government immediately halt all future licensing and consents for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels in the UK. Just Stop Oil is a member of the A22 Network of civil resistance projects. Climate Emergency Fund is Just Stop Oil’s primary funder for recruitment, training, and capacity building.

Just Stop Oil ‘Blue Lights’ policy: our policy is, and has always been, to move out of the way for emergency vehicles with siren sounding and ‘blue lights’ on.

[2] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/keir-starmer-in-retreat-from-north-sea-oil-pledge-mhhtxjqfk

[3] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-65857109