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Vivienne Westwood attacks fracking 'bribes'

Published on Jan 16, 2014 6:51 AM
 
British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood attends a press conference on HMS President in London on Jan 15, 2014. Fashion designer and environmental campaigner Westwood launched a stinging attack on British politicians on Wednesday for their support for drilling for shale gas. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) - Fashion designer and environmental campaigner Vivienne Westwood launched a stinging attack on British politicians on Wednesday for their support for drilling for shale gas.

"Napoleon said the English were a nation of shopkeepers. By that I take it to mean they'd sell their grandmother for money, and that's what's going on," Westwood told AFP.

"They are zombies to the idea of profit."

Prime Minister David Cameron this week promised local authorities all of the tax yields from fracking sites in a bid to boost support for the controversial technique to reach previously unreachable sources of gas.

 
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