Greta Thunberg is an 'ignorant brainwashed child being abused by adults', says Corbyn's brother | Metro News

Schoolgirl environmental activist Greta Thunberg has been described as suffering ‘mental abuse by manipulative adults’ by Jeremy Corbyn’s brother.

Piers Corbyn, 72, is a climate change denier and adds that listening to Miss Thunberg, 16, was ‘deranged’ describing her as an ‘ignorant brainwashed child’.

He tweeted a BBC News article about the teenager’s visit to the UK telling MPs they need to ‘listen to climate scientists’.

He said: ‘Listening to an ignorant brainwashed child is deranged. I am an actual scientist of physics Meteorology, astrophysics and climate and say @GretaThunberg is wrong and suffers mental abuse by manipulative adults.’

Piers has previously claimed that climate change is a cover up to push up fuel prices and says global warming is a hoax.

He called Extinction Rebellion protesters on Waterloo Bridge ‘deranged’ and staged a counter-protest with a banner calling carbon dioxide a ‘gas of life’.

Listening to an ignorant brainwashed child is deranged.
I am an actual scientist of physics Meteorology, astrophysics and climate and say @GretaThunberg is wrong and suffers mental abuse by manipulative adults.

— Piers Corbyn (@Piers_Corbyn) April 23, 2019

Speaking at the scene he said: ‘This is disrupting traffic and stopping people going to work, the police should have moved them on ages ago.’

The Swedish Nobel Peace Prize nominee, who has sparked a wave of youth climate protests around the world, told MPs: ‘We just want people to listen to the science.’

She met Piers’ brother Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Liberal Democrat Sir Vince Cable, Green MP Caroline Lucas and the Westminster leaders of the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru, Ian Blackford and Liz Saville Roberts.

Miss Thunberg told them: ‘We probably don’t even have a future any more.

‘That future has been sold so that a small number of people can make unimaginable amounts of money.

‘It was stolen from us every time you said “the sky is the limit” and “you only live once”.’

Miss Thunberg spoke alongside a panel of MPs, including Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Green MP Caroline Lucas, former Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem MP Layla Moran.

The schoolgirl said she knew politicians did not want to listen, as she started to experience microphone problems.

She asked: ‘Is this microphone on? Can anybody hear me? Is my English OK? I am starting to wonder.’

She added: ‘The basic problem is the same everywhere and the basic problem is that nothing is being done.

‘You don’t listen to the science because you are only interested in the answers that will allow you to carry on as if nothing has happened.’

Environment Secretary Michael Gove assured Miss Thunberg she had been heard as he admitted ‘we have not done nearly enough’.

He said: ‘Suddenly in the past few years it has become inescapable that we have to act.

‘The time to act is now, the challenge could not be clearer – Greta you have been heard.’

Before her speech, Miss Thunberg had held a roundtable with party leaders, where Prime Minister Theresa May was empty-chaired after she declined to attend.

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met the young activist and tweeted an image of himself with her in front of a portrait of Tony Benn.

He wrote: ‘It was a pleasure welcoming UK youth climate strikers and @GretaThunberg to parliament.

‘Young people will be the most affected by climate change – seeing them take charge of their future is inspiring.

‘Labour’s committed to working with young people campaigning to save our planet.’

After her speech, Miss Thunberg was asked what she would say to US President Donald Trump to steer him away from climate change denial.

But the schoolgirl said there was nothing she could say as he would not listen.

She said: ‘If I were to speak to Donald Trump today I don’t think there is much I could say to make him change his mind.

‘Obviously he must have scientists coming to talk to him all the time, so he is obviously not listening to the scientists. There is nothing I could say.’