Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway invited environmental campaigner George Monbiot onto Good Morning Britain to discuss the ongoing M25 climate change protests
Viewers tuning into Good Morning Britain on Thursday were not impressed with one guest who compared the M25 protesters to the Suffragettes and Winston Churchill.
Insulate Britain have caused major disruption to the motorway over the past week or so, and on Wednesday’s edition of GMB, their spokesperson Liam Norton stormed off set during a debate with Richard Madeley.
The discussion was a lot calmer on Thursday morning as Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway spoke to environmental campaigner George Monbiot in Oxfordshire.
Kate was keen to ask George if he agreed with Liam’s comments, in which he compared Insulate Britain to Winston Churchill.
“Yeah it’s a pretty consistent theme in history,” George replied.
“The Suffragettes were told they were absolutely outrageous, it was disgraceful what they were doing and they were completely wrong, and Gandhi was told the same. And we now look back on them from the perspective of history and say, ‘well of course they were right’, but it’s not how they were perceived at the time.
“And the same applies to Churchill, he swam against the flow of appeasement and he was laughed out in a very similar way to the way Liam was laughed out of your programme yesterday. But it turned out he was right,” George continued.
“So in that respect, in terms of being vindicated by history, I think people taking direct action to try and wake people up, I think they will be vindicated by history.”
However, viewers were not impressed with some of George’s comments and took to Twitter to air their views.
“How on earth can this man be comparing Insulate Britain to the Suffragettes?! Moron. #GMB,” one person posted.
Another viewer tweeted: “Comparing these morons to Suffragettes and Ghandi now?” alongside a GIF that read: “F**k off.”
A third person added: “Insulate Britain are nothing like Churchill….#gmb.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.