Penarth Green Party members saw their own Welsh Party Leader Pippa Bartolotti barracked by a fellow green activist at an anti-fracking demonstration in front of the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay today.
The event – which was aimed at persuading AMs against the use of hydraulic fracturing as a means of extracting gas and oil from underground rock – and to persuade everyone to reduce the consumption of fossil fuel.
Penarth Green Party Parliamentary candidate Anthony Slaughter had used Twitter to urge as many supporters as possible from Penarth and from the rest of South Wales to attend.
Incongrously however the green activists found themselves sharing the steps of the Senedd building with a 1000 mph, 1 mpg (if that) Bloodhound jet car which was showing off essential components made in Wales.
Trouble began when Wales Green Party Leader Pippa Bartolotti began to speak .
A former Green Party campaigns leader in the crowd, Ann Greagsby, who was wearing a “Greenpeace” tabard – claimed Ms Bartolotti had attempted to expel her from the Green Party – and began using a bulb-operated horn to drown out Ms Bartolotti’s speech.
Even though Ms Bartolotti’s microphone was being powered by a politically-correct “green” pedal-powered amplifier she had difficulty making herself heard until the horn was grabbed by another Green activist and confiscated for the remainder of the speech. Ms Greagsby then resorted to using a whistle.
In what was heard of Ms Bartolotti’s speech she said “Fracking is not an alternative energy source, it is just another fossil fuel. Fossil fuels have been proved to add dangerous amounts of greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere and are the chief culprits of climate change.”
She claimed that “ The fossil fuel industry has wrecked the planet, and have profited from that wreckage. This is just plain wrong. The Welsh Government must get tough and re-write its Energy Bill and ban fracking from this land “.
After the speech Ms Bartolotti attempted to smooth relations with Ms Greagsby – but there did not appear to be a meeting of minds .
The Independent newspaper reported last year that Ms Bartolotti drives a Jaguar X Type saloon.