Boorish Johnson finds the destruction of mining communities in Scotland something to joke about

Posted: 6 August, 2021 | Category: Current News Category: Features & Analysis

PLONKER ON A PLANK:  Boris Johnson, aged 15, at Eton College in 1979. How much longer will this rude and arrogant man run Britain?


By Trevor Grundy


Long-stilled voices about the true nature of Boris Johnson are at long last being shouted from the rooftops throughout Scotland.

“Boris Johnson,” said an editorial in the mass circulation Daily Mirror today “betrayed his Old Etonian poisonous aloofness by finding (Margaret) Thatcher’s pit closure programme, which was used to attack working class people, funny.”

The paper was commenting on an almost brain-banging remark made by the prime minister yesterday.

While visiting an  offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth, he told  a group of  reporters covering his two-day visit to Scotland, that Margaret Thatcher gave the UK a “big early start” in its battle against climate change when she closed the country’s once vital coal industry in the 1980s.

Dressed like a wind-farm worker, his face a smiling mask, he said – ”Thanks to Margaret Thatcher, who closed so many coal mines across the country, we had a big early start and we’re now moving rapidly away from coal altogether.”

Then with a smile and a music-hall handwave- like the end-of-the-road comedian Archie Rice in John Osborne’s The Entertainer,he  said –   ”I thought that would get you going.”

It did. Along with the rest of Scotland.

His Thatcher comment drew quick condemnation from opposition parties.

Boris  Johnson, at home with fellow wealthy elitists at Eton and Oxford University

Nicole Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister (who Johnson didn’t even bother to contact on his visit to a land itching to break away from London’s domination)   said in a tweet –  “Life and communities in Scotland were utterly devastated by Thatcher’s destruction of the coal industry (which had zero to do with any concern she had for the planet). To read this as something to laugh about is crass and deeply insensitive to that reality.”

And Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said – ”Boris Johnson’s shameful praising of Margaret Thatcher’s closure of the coal mines, brushing off the devastating impact  on those communities with a laugh, shows just how out- of -touch he is with working people.”

Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said the remark was  “shameful” and reveals the Conservative  Party’s utter disregard for the communities still scarred by Thatcher’s closure of mines.”

Monica Lennon, the party’s energy spokeswoman at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, criticised Johnson for “laughing about Thatcher’s pit closures that decimated out mining communities.”

Scotland’s popular SNP leader, Nicole Sturgeon


SNP MP Owe Thompson went for the jugular.

“The Thatcher years might have been a spiffing time for Johnson, who was busy partying in the elite Bullingdon Club, but in the real world, Thatcher devastated communities across Scotland.”

In 1984 Thatcher destroyed the lives of thousands of people in Scotland and other parts of the UK.

That year, Boris Johnson was elected secretary of the Oxford Union. Two years later, he was made its president. He was a leading member of the university’s Bullingdon Club, a place for rowdy, rich and pampered elitists who include so many of Johnson’s closest political buddies today.

A book that Boris Johnson should read

Shafted’ which is edited by Granville Williams (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom / North)


Scottish Green Central Scotland MSP Gillian Mackay said – “Thatcher’s decimation of the coal industry had absolutely nothing to do with environmentalism and everything to do with her despicable anti-trade union ideology. Communities across Scotland were decimated by these cruel and vindictive policies which destroyed industry and left workers high and dry.”

From the ‘Daily Mirror’ of August 6,2021


In 1984, there were 170 working collieries in Britain, employing more than 190,000 people. By 2015, they had all closed.

Millions of people protested against pit closures and throughout the summer of 1984 there were violent clashes between striking miners and police whose numbers ran into several thousands -some of them on horseback with batons in their hands- at each confrontation.

Thatcher saw it all as a powerful win over trade unions.

Mounted police  in action against strikers in 1984


The Labour Arty’s First Minister Mark Drakeford told the BBC’s Radio Four Today programme: – The damage done to Welsh coal mining areas was incalculable and here we are 30 years later the Tories are still celebrating what they did.”

Unconfirmed reports say that Tories in Scotland are holding their heads in their hands, deeply embarrassed about Johnson and his latest crass, idiotic, remarks this week.

Said the Daily Mirror – “We have seen Johnson’s true colours, his prejudice and contempt. He should pay a high price and deservedly so.”