'Ashamed' father hits out at daughter for throwing faeces over Captain Tom memorial
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The father of the protestor who splashed human faeces and urine on a memorial to Captain Sir Tom Moore said he’s ‘ashamed’ of his daughter’s actions. You can see her explain why she did it here:
Over the weekend, 21-year-old Maddie Budd hit headlines after footage of her dousing human waste onto a memorial for the late Army officer-turned fundraiser were shared online.
Footage showed Budd, who was protesting on behalf of campaign group End UK Private Jets, approaching the memorial in Thistley Meadow, in Hatton, Derbyshire, with a large container.
Budd, a former medical student, then set about pouring the grim brown sludge all over the memorial.
Now, her dad Jim Budd, 62, has said he was left feeling sick after he saw what his daughter had done.
He told the Daily Mail: “I’m ashamed of her and what she has done. There has been a big public reaction for obvious reasons. I don’t think she understands what the hell she was unleashing.
“She’s done something horrible without thinking of the consequences.
“I felt sick with shock when I saw it – I have sent her a text message but she has not replied.”
He told the news outlet that his daughter had been at university in Manchester but had studies on hold after learning more about the climate crisis and wanting to get involved with protesting.
Mr Budd went on: “It is very hard to understand how young people can feel so threatened by climate change that they can carry out such extreme actions.
“But I'm not making excuses for her. She has made a terrible mistake. We were horrified, it's an ongoing worry.”
In a statement following the incident, Budd said that every time a UK private jet takes off it ‘pours a bucket of s**t and blood onto everything that Captain Tom stood for’.
She said: "People are going to say that he's a hero, people are going to say that this is profoundly, obscenely disrespectful to his life, and to the NHS he stood up for and I agree.
“I was studying to become a doctor because I believe in taking care of people. If we believe that the NHS is important, if we believe in taking care of each other, if we believe that NHS workers are doing essential work, why are forcing our healthcare system into collapse, why are we forcing our civilisation into collapse, why is basically no-one taking this genocide of all humanity seriously?
“All of this is true and the Government won't even End UK Private Jets, every time one takes off, it pours a bucket of s**t and blood onto everything that Captain Tom stood for.”