Vivienne Westwood tries to give asbestos to David Cameron
Posted on January 12, 2015
In a bizarre scene, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood tried to deliver a Christmas present of potentially deadly asbestos to the prime minister at Number 10 Downing Street today.
The 73-year-old punk pioneer was accompanied by her son and a Father Christmas wearing a gasmask on her protest against fracking.
Joseph Corre and Dame Westwood compared the potential health risks of fracking to that of asbestos.
Mr Corre’s father Malcolm McLaren died of cancer due to asbestos, and his mother warned that the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique of extracting oil and gas could become “the next asbestos or thalidomide”.
Mr Corre said of his father’s premature demise at the age of 64: “He died a really horrible death, it was quite something and I wouldn’t want to wish that onto anybody or anybody’s family.”
Unsurprisingly, police did not allow the ‘present’ of chemicals through. Instead of the box of asbestos, Westwood and her son delivered “independent medical reports” on the consequences of fracking.
“They link very clearly the chemicals used in fracking industry to some really horrible, serious illnesses,” 47-year-old Mr Corre said.
“Birth defects in children, horrible cancers, skin diseases, rashes, nosebleeds, stunted growth, all kinds of things.”
He added: “He ought to listen to his chief scientific advisor and if he refuses to listen to this and we have fracking and we have birth defects and we have people getting sick, he’s got something very serious on his hands and a legacy the British people will not ever forgive him for.”
In his annual report, chief scientific adviser Professor Sir Mark Walport warned that the government has not given proper consideration to the potential health and environmental risks of fracking.
But Sir Mark denied that the view that fracking could be the next asbestos or thalidomide should be attributed to him.
Rather, it was the view of another author, Andy Stirling, who contributed an evidence document to the annual report.