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Insulate Britain spokeswoman Tracey Mallaghan has issued new warnings of a nationwide protest by campaigners. She said: “What the public needs to understand is: we will keep fighting. We work on a week-by-week basis. Not one of us thought we’d get away with more than two or three weeks of this. We all, genuinely, were prepared to go to prison.”

Insulate Britain issued a warning to Boris Johnson before the COP26 climate summit that if he did not announce a nationwide insulation strategy, they would continue with their civil unrest protests without an end date.

But in an online Express.co.uk poll of 7,348 people held from October 29 to November 5, 61 percent of voters said the Prime Minister should not agree to insulate all non-insulated UK housing by 2030 – as Insulate Britain demands.

One voter said: “These domestic anarchists should not be given a legitimate platform to make demands of government when they are inflicting daily trauma in various parts of the country. They have acquired our attention but for all the wrong reasons, and as a result they will have lost most of the support from the decent, hardworking and law-abiding people of this country who still make up the vast majority of the population.”

However, 40 percent of people said Boris Johnson should agree to insulate all social housing by 2025, suggesting that Insulate Britain does have a large portion of societal support for ending fuel poverty.

Many Express readers felt it would be unfair to insulate people’s houses across the country for free, regardless of household income, when other people have already insulated their own houses at a significant cost.

People across the country have stressed to Insulate Britain protesters that although their motivations to help solve the climate crisis and protect vulnerable households from winter cold are noble, their method of protest is morally wrong.

Express voter Chris Gibbings said: “Peaceful protest is fine, but stopping Ambulances and people going to work is not on.”

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One driver stuck in Insulate Britain traffic, was trying to get to hospital after her 81-year-old mum had been rushed there in an ambulance.

She desperately pleaded with protesters to move: “We all believe in what you’re doing but I just need to get to my mum.

“Everybody agrees with you.

“How can you be so selfish?”

A YouGov poll found 72 percent of Britons surveyed in October said they opposed the group’s actions, and 73 percent felt that Insulate Britain’s form of protest has damaged the public’s perception of the climate change movement.

Craig Scudder, a former City broker who campaigns with Insulate Britain, said the group plans to continue blocking roads but is considering new tactics for their next protests, including targeting parts of the country that have not yet faced disruption.

He said: “It may be that over the coming weeks you see us around the country more.

“We’re looking at other tactics. We don’t want to be a one-trick pony.

“You haven’t seen the end of Insulate Britain.”

Insulate Britain’s latest protest on Thursday saw activists glue themselves to roads outside parliament in London, rather than targetting motorways.

Climate columnist Donnachadh McCarthy told Sky News that Insulate Britain’s plan would cost the Government a minimum of six billion pounds per year until 2035, and suggested funding for the HS2 fast train should be redirected to an insulation scheme.

When voters were asked whether funding for HS2 should be diverted into an insulation scheme, they were divided – 46 percent said it should, whilst 47 percent said it should not.

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