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‘Plane Stupid’ climate activist tries to superglue himself to Gordon Brown

Yes, even stranger than the skater crashing though the ice (though not as funny, notwithstanding the well-known dry British wit):

During these turbulent economic times, Gordon Brown is keen for the country to stick by him.

However, this probably wasn’t quite what he had in mind.

Dan Glass, of the climate change pressure group Plane Stupid today tried to superglue himself to the Prime Minister at a Downing Street reception.

Yes, that is the name of the group. Their website is www.planestupid.com.

As Mr Glass, 24, was introduced to the Premier, he laid a glue-covered hand on his sleeve.

He also took the opportunity to urge Mr Brown to change his mind on the Heathrow airport expansion.

Mr Glass told the assembled guests: ‘Do not worry — this is a non-violent protest. We cannot shake away climate change like you can just shake away my arm.’

Mr Glass, who had smuggled pouches of glue into the event in his underwear, added later that Mr Brown laughed off the protest.

‘He was just grinning about it,’ he said. ‘He didn’t seem to take me seriously.’

Mr Glass, an invited guest, was allowed to stay at the reception for 40 minutes after the stunt. When he left, he tried to glue himself to the gates of Downing Street — but had his hand detached by a police officer.

‘I didn’t have much glue left by that point,’ he said.

Note to “climate change pressure group Plane Stupid”: Come up with smarter stunts or smarter campaigners — or your name is unfortunately going to be more ironic than you had planned.

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Plane Stupid actually seems proud of the failed supergluing, since they feature it on their front page right now. Who are they?

Plane Stupid is a network of groups taking action against airport expansion and aviation’s climate impact.

You’ll be happy to know:

Plane Stupid welcomes actions in its name, provided they are non-violent and accountable and help further the struggle against airport expansion and greenhouse gas emissions from aviation.

I say go for it!