Calling me a ‘crusty’ is a compliment says Boris Johnson’s dad at climate demo

Boris Johnson's father said being called a "crusty" by his son would be a compliment as he addressed the Extinction Rebellion protest in central London

Stanley Johnson said the Prime Minister's comments about "unco-operative crusties" who were holding up the traffic and calling for protesters to abandon their "hemp-smelling bivouacs" were made "in humour".

Mr Johnson senior praised the actions of the protesters after speaking in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday in front of a substantial crowd.

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Protesters dubbed the Red Rebels at Millbank at the junction with Great College Street, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
A protester on a wooden structure on Birdcage Walk, outside the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Mothers from the Extinction Rebellion movement with their babies hold placards in Westminster on day three of the Climate Change protest. The activists are calling on government departments to 'Tell the Truth' about what they are doing to tackle the Emergency. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
The group known as the Red Rebels in a procession leaving St James's Park, near Birdcage Walk, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police surround protesters on top of a wooden structure on Birdcage Walk during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police speak to two protesters during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in Westminster, London.
A protester holding a pair of placards on Birdcage Walk, outside the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
A pair of protesters who have glued themselves to each other and the road, on Birdcage Walk, outside the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police speak to a man who has handcuffed himself during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in Westminster, London.
A protester on a wooden structure on Birdcage Walk, outside the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, remonstrates with a member of the police during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Stanley Johnson, father of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, joins protesters in Trafalgar Square during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police arrest a protester who had been glued to to others in a circle, adjacent to the Women of World War Two memorial on Whitehall, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Anti-aircraft protesters in Trafalgar Square during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police attempt to separate a pair of protesters who have glued themselves to each other adjacent to the Women of World War Two memorial on Whitehall, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Lorna Greenwood speaks to protesters as the police block Whitehall, preventing the Extinction Rebellion mass 'nurse-in' reaching Downing Street in Westminster, London.
Protesters on Whitehall, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Tents at the Extinction Rebellion camp on Marsham Street, Westminster, London.
Trees in pots left by Extinction Rebellion activists beneath a staute of King George V in Westminster, London.
Extinction Rebellion Protesters Day Two Trafalgar Square London, England on October 8, 2019. (Ph?oto by Robin Pope/Sipa USA)
Tents at the Extinction Rebellion camp on Marsham Street, Westminster, London.
Extinction Rebellion Protesters Day Two Trafalgar Square London, England on October 8, 2019. (Ph?oto by Robin Pope/Sipa USA)
Protesters tents during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protest in Trafalgar Square, London.
Environmentalist performance art troupe the 'Red Rebel Brigade' walk silently during the environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion activist group. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. The group has blocked a number of key junctions in central London. (Photo by Rahman Hassani / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Various seedlings seen during the environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion activist group. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. The group has blocked a number of key junctions in central London. (Photo by Rahman Hassani / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Demonstrators playing drums and performing during the environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion activist group. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. The group has blocked a number of key junctions in central London. (Photo by Rahman Hassani / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Liberal Democrat MP, Tim Farron, near Old Palace Yard outside Parliament, holding a sapling, amongst those placed by protesters, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police remove a demonstrator during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Climate change protesters outside the Palace of Westminster during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in central London.
Protesters in St James's park during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protest in central London.
Protesters dressed as Jesus and Ronald McDonald outside a McDonald's restaurant near Trafalgar Square, London, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protest.
A protester on top of a trailer during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Trafalgar Square, London.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters camp in tents around the Monument to the Women of World War II on Whitehall in Westminster, central London, as the climate change protest continued into a second day.
Protesters at Millbank near to the junction with Great College Street, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Extinction Rebellion Protesters on day two in Trafalgar Square, London, England on October 8, 2019.(Ph?oto by Robin Pope/ SIPA USA)
Extinction Rebellion Protesters day two in Trafalgar Square, London, England on October 8, 2019.(Ph?oto by Robin Pope/ SIPA USA)
Labour MP, Kate Green (left) amongst the saplings placed in Old Palace Yard outside Parliament, by protesters, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Protester places a sapling in Old Palace Yard, outside Parliament, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Protester wearing a Baroness Thatcher mask and outfit outside Parliament, in Abingdon Street, London during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Protesters during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Trafalgar Square, London.
Police arrest a protester at Millbank near to the junction with Great College Street, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Protesters talking to the police outside the Home Offfice, Marsham Street, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London. .
A protester who has attached herself underneath a lorry blocking Marsham Street, outside the entrance to the home office, amid demonstrations by Extinction Rebellion (XR) in Westminster, London.
A protester who has glued himself to a door as part of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest outside the Department for Transport in Horseferry Road, Westminter, London.
A police officer reads a section 14 order to a protester who has glued herself to the floor as part of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest outside the Department for Transport in Horseferry Road, Westminter, London.
An activist performs during the protest. Cities worldwide like London, Berlin, New York, Buenos Aires, Par�s started the second international week rebellion while activists perform in different actions of pacific protests and civil disobedience under the ethical duty to reclaim responsibility a political action for the purpose of mitigate the serious consequences of climate change and ecological impact. In Madrid they were two parallel actions, one in �Paseo de la Castellana�, where a main road was blocked for a human chain and there were some activists who were arrested and the second one, in front of Environmental Transition Ministry, where the movement wants to camp as long as possible like a political pressure. (Photo by Rafael Bastante / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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Earlier this week, the PM told a London launch of the third volume of Margaret Thatcher's biography: "I am afraid that the security people didn't want me to come along tonight because they said the road was full of unco-operative crusties and protesters all kinds littering the road."

When asked about the comments, Mr Johnson senior said: "I regard it as a tremendous compliment to be called an unco-operative crusty. That was a remark made in humour."

Speaking to PA Media, he added: "I'm showing up here because I think what they [Extinction Rebellion] are doing is tremendously important. From tiny acorns, big movements spring.

"This is a movement, it is a very important movement. It is absolutely clear to me that we have been moving far too slowly on the climate change issue."

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Stanley Johnson, father of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, joins Extinction Rebellion protesters in Trafalgar Square (PA)

Mr Johnson paid tribute to teenage activist Greta Thunberg for the increasing co-ordination of international climate movements.

"We're not going to keep the world's temperature under two degrees Celsius with what's planned, so we have to tighten up the target, we have to tighten up the actions."

He said the protests had not affected the Johnson family as a whole, and that they shared views on the issue of climate change.

"As far as climate change is concerned the family dynamic would be totally united. I don't believe there is a single dissenting voice in the Johnson family.

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Boris Johnson shakes hands with his father Stanley Johnson (PA)

"Don't forget we grew up in the country, we grew up on Exmoor, nature is in our blood.

"I don't think you need to say 'will he [Boris] listen [to the protests]'. If you listen to what he said on the steps of Downing Street that very first day, he ended with an appeal for movement on the environment and animal welfare, and that is a very, very good sign."

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