The SNP MP for Scotland’s National Mining Museum has invited Boris Johnson to return to Scotland to visit a local mining community – so he can apologise in person for his offensive comments praising Thatcher’s decision to close the mines.
Owen Thompson MP, who represents former mining communities in Midlothian, has written to the Prime Minister urging him to accompany the MP to the National Mining Museum Scotland, and visit former miners and their families, so he can apologise in person and see first hand the devastation caused by Thatcher’s industrial policies.
Recent polling by Ipsos MORI has found people in Scotland view Boris Johnson more unfavourably than anywhere else in Britain. Three quarters of Scots have an ‘unfavourable’ opinion of Johnson (75%), think he is doing ‘badly’ at running the country (74%), and think the UK is ‘heading in the wrong direction’ (71%). A majority of Scots also think Johnson has done a bad job on the Brexit deal (72%), the NHS (69%), the economy (56%), reducing crime (55%), improving living standards (72%), reducing inequality (61%) and social divisions (66%).
Commenting, Owen Thompson MP said:
“Boris Johnson’s offensive comments have gone down like a cup of cold sick in communities across Scotland, who have suffered decades of pain as a result of Thatcher’s cruel Tory cuts.
“The Prime Minister should have the decency to book a return ticket to Scotland, so he can visit our local mining communities to apologise in person and see first-hand the devastation caused.
“These are the same communities that are being hit hard by Johnson’s Tory austerity cuts, with the £1040 cut to Universal Credit slashing the incomes of families across Scotland.
“Perhaps Mr Johnson could even find the time to meet with Scotland’s First Minister and discuss covid recovery plans instead of scuttling off to botched photo ops with his Tory colleagues.
“Johnson’s flying visit has been a disaster. His declining approval ratings were already at rock bottom in Scotland, where the overwhelming majority think he is doing a bad job. This bungled PR exercise has only served to reinforce how arrogant, patronising, out of touch he is.”
Owen Thompson MP’s letter to Boris Johnson: https://mcusercontent.com/4fae14f57a18ee08253ffc251/files/d1de2c5f-821a-0760-833c-ca748a9c639b/BJMinersLetterAug6.pdf
Scotland’s National Mining museum is located in Newtongrange, Midlothian: https://nationalminingmuseum.com/
Sample: 1,009 UK adults aged 18+
Fieldwork: Online from 23–26 July 2021