Boris Johnson’s comments that Thatcher’s vindictive vendetta against the Miners, the mining communities and the NUM are an insult to every former Miner and the communities whose lives she devastated.
Johnson said “Look at what we’ve done already. We’ve transitioned away from coal in my lifetime. Thanks to Margaret Thatcher who closed so many coal mines [the Prime Minister then laughs] across the country where we had had a big early start and we’re now moving rapidly away from coal altogether.”
Coming on the back of his governments rejection of the BEIS Select Committee report to stop raiding the Mineworkers Pension Scheme (MPS) and confirmation that they intend to take another £1.9 billion shows the contempt they still have for Miners, former mining communities and the NUM.
Having heard that he jokingly made these comments to reporters it is believable that his view at the start of the coronavirus pandemic was that the deaths of the elderly and those with underlying health conditions was a price worth paying to protect the UK economy.
A Tory Government under Boris Johnson will do nothing to combat climate change unless there is political capitol in it for them or profit for their doners.
His comments disgrace the office of Prime Minister.