If the name Richard Walton is unfamiliar, there is good reason for that. The former head of the Counter-Terrorism Command (SO15) 2011-2016, and Commander at New Scotland Yard has spent the majority of his career working in clandestine services, where a premium is placed on privacy and has only recently become a relatively well-known public figure.
On July 16, 2019, together with Tom Wilson, he published a lengthy (76 page) and meticulously sourced (496 citations) policy paper for Policy Exchange concerning Extinction Rebellion (XR), a UK-based campaign of the Rising Up! Network, itself a direct-action project funded by Compassionate Revolution Ltd.
Over the past few days, the authors have been subject to broadsides from “journalists”, the founders of XR, as well as those who feel threatened by their report’s revelations. Policy Exchange, the think tank under whose aegis the report was published is labelled “right-wing”, while the paper itself is decried as a “tangled collocation of scare terms and dog whistles”.