Boris Johnson has sparked an angry backlash after mentioning Margaret Thatcher’s coal mines.
SIR KEIR STARMER has slammed Boris Johnson for thanking Margaret Thatcher for improving Britain’s environmental credentials by eliminating “so many coal mines.”
Mr Johnson appeared to make the apparent joke while visiting Scotland ahead of the UN COP26 climate meeting later this year.
From October 31 to November 1, world leaders will gather in Glasgow for a major event hosted by the United Kingdom.
In a press conference, the Prime Minister laughed while complimenting Mrs Thatcher’s environmental credentials.
“Look at what we’ve already accomplished,” he remarked.
“In my lifetime, we’ve moved away from coal.
“Thanks to Margaret Thatcher, who closed so many coal mines around the country where we had a big early start, we’re now swiftly moving away from coal altogether,” Mr Johnson said, seemingly referring to his joke.
The Labour Party, the Scottish National Party, and trade union leaders, on the other hand, were incensed by the remarks.
“Boris Johnson’s shameful praising of Margaret Thatcher’s coal mine closures, brushing off the devastating impact on those communities with a laugh, shows just how out of touch he is with working people,” Sir Keir said on Twitter. Louise Gilmour, acting GMB Scotland Secretary, said to the Daily Record: “The Prime Minister’s ignorance knows no bounds.
“Thatcher’s industrial vandalism wrecked havoc on coal communities across Scotland and the rest of the UK, leaving lasting scars of deprivation and disadvantage that we still have to contend with today.
“The Prime Minister should also recognize that his own energy and industrial policies is increasingly shambolic, promising a ‘green jobs revolution’ while overseeing the vast export of renewables manufacturing employment that are needed here to achieve the transition to net zero emissions.
“If he doesn’t start leveling-up soon, he’ll leave a similar legacy to Thatcher in working-class areas across the country.” During the 1984-5 miners’ strike, Mrs Thatcher defeated the National Union of Mineworkers, led by Arthur Scargill.
Because Mr Scargill refused to hold a poll for the strike, some miners remained to work during the strike.
Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party, also took aim at the Prime Minister for his remark.
“Thatcher’s devastation of the coal industry irreparably damaged lives and communities in Scotland,” she tweeted (which had zero to do with any concern she had for the planet).
“To treat it as a source of amusement is.”Brinkwire Summary News”.