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Henry Mance does not doubt – Extinction Rebellion may be annoying, but it plays an important role (Opinion, FT weekend, September 4). But when he compares XR tactics with the British Independence Party – “essential to getting things going, not enough to win itself” – he identifies their biggest problem: XR is not a political party.
But it is also becoming clear that we in government need to be the global ‘activists’ and ‘disruptors’. This suggests that the next important role for XR, worldwide, should be to take a new stance on politics – an apolitical stance, which promotes pragmatic, tactical voting, drops the party’s loyalty to the strongest candidates. choose to put the catastrophe of climate disasters first.
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