On Thursday activists from Extinction Rebellion targeted several tube and DLR stations across London. Footage of furious commuters at Canning Town dragging a protestor off a train and roughing him up went viral. Like so many radical movements of the past, Extinction Rebellion had overreached.

Last week I witnessed a large section of central London fall under occupation. A friendly occupation to be sure, but an occupation nonetheless. If nothing else you had to admire Extinction Rebellion’s tactical cunning. Within the space of a few hours they seized nearly a dozen key intersections across Westminster, constructing campsites and soup kitchens at several. The final encampment, encircling Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, was only cleared a few days ago.