Joe, 23, London

Portrait of Joe

Occupation Digital marketing consultant, presently introducing new IT programs to prisons


Voting document Labour by default, Lib Dem tactically

Amuse bouche He’s at all times carried out the Guardian quiz along with his mother and father – in mattress on a Saturday morning when he was a child, and now on a household video name. Their highest rating is 12/15

Rory, 34, London

Portrait of diner Rory

Occupation Architect


Voting document Labour, however “may go Inexperienced if Keir retains enjoying it too cool”

Amuse bouche He used to reside within the Canary Islands and thinks if the local weather will get any hotter we should always undertake the siesta

For starters

Joe We ate masses – the very best factor was fried cheese in a candy olive sauce.

Rory The salmon was next-level. The chef got here out and shook our palms, and we instructed him it was completely unbelievable.

Joe We acquired on nicely. I anticipated him to be vegetarian, which was most likely unfair.

Rory I believe Joe anticipated me to show up and dig into him, fists out instantly! He’s nice, very simple to speak to, curious and inquisitive. We acquired the tube again collectively, so the dialog continued till we acquired to south London.

Portrait of Diners Joe and Rory in the restaurant

The massive beef

Joe It’s really easy for these in energy and the rightwing press to make a mockery of local weather protests. I’m sympathetic to the trigger, and if I’m irritated I fear that people who find themselves on the fence might be pushed away. If I used to be a Tory strategist, I’d say, “Let’s make these inconvenient inexperienced protest teams and the Labour social gathering appear to be the identical factor. We’ll say, ‘Keir Starmer doesn’t need you to drive your automobile.’” I ended up saying to Rory, “In case your local weather techniques find yourself with us having one other 5 years of Tory authorities, how will you forgive your self?” His focus is above that, due to the dimensions of the issue.

Rory A whole lot of Joe’s views have been about how protests are offered within the media, but it surely’s not essentially about profitable hearts and minds. Lots of people are onboard with the local weather disaster message – however that’s not very helpful: what it’s good to do is persuade the top of Shell, and put strain on these in energy.

Joe The instance he gave was: if somebody glues themself to the highway, they’ve acquired to get specialist police out, have attorneys current, that individual will get their day in courtroom … It’s about clogging up the system, taking over sources, and hoping the invoice will get larger and larger. I discovered that basically attention-grabbing.

Portrait of diner Joe

Sharing plate

Joe Rory is conscious that there’s a degree of privilege in having the ability to interact in protests like this; not everybody has the time to protest, or the cash to buy sustainably. My mates mentioned, “It’s important to cease occurring about Binky and Mimsy from Clapham throwing soup at a portray” – they’re sick of me sounding like a grumpy outdated man.

Rory Individuals reside the morality they will afford. If in case you have free time to return down and protest you may, however when you’re a single dad or mum, you don’t have that luxurious. So XR [Extinction Rebellion] is lots of people who’re retired and white.

Portrait of Diners Joe and Rory in the restaurant

For afters

Joe We had an attention-grabbing dialogue about universities. He was saying college ought to be a secure area to say and do something, and make errors as you’re coming of age. I agree, however I graduated final summer time and that was not my expertise. There’s a prevailing “right” opinion, and we’d see on a small scale what occurs on a nationwide scale: witch-hunts and cancel tradition. One particular person you’d by no means even met could be the speak of uni as a result of they’d mentioned one thing controversial.

Rory Once more, I believe Joe’s viewpoints on woke tradition have been about what he’s seen within the media – that very showboaty factor of individuals saying how virtuous they’re. I believe the query is, what’s woke tradition? It’s a type of criticism, untying the underlying assumptions behind one thing. Relatively than shopping for a diamond that comes from youngster exploitation in Africa, why wouldn’t I get a lab-grown diamond when it’s precisely the identical factor?

Portrait of diner Rory with blurry image of diner Joe


Joe I realise now that my place on protest comes from my political nervousness outweighing my local weather nervousness. I can’t cope with the prospect of one other Tory election victory. I didn’t get to vote within the EU election – I used to be solely 16. It appears like my technology have been royally screwed over.

Rory One factor I took away from this was the significance Joe locations on media and newspapers, and the way a lot they have an effect on the conversations about folks’s lives, and possibly ultimately I’d been a bit dismissive of that.

Smiling portrait of diners Joe and Rory

Extra reporting: Kitty Drake

Joe and Rory ate at Cinder in London

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