Labour Leader tackles Boris over comment made regarding coal mine closure. During a press conference, Boris was asked if he was setting a timetable to end the exploration of oil and gas?
Boris responded, saying: “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.”
This comment rattled Keir Starmer. The Labour leader released a statement on their website.
Keir responded, saying: “The Prime Minister has shown his true colours yet again.”
“For Boris Johnson to laugh when talking about the closure of the coal mines is a slap in the face for communities still suffering from the devastating effects of Margaret Thatcher’s callous actions.”
“I’m proud to have always stood with our coalfield communities. I represented the miners in court as the Tories tried to close the pits. These communities contributed so much to the success of our country and then were abandoned.”
“The Tories didn’t care then, and they don’t care now.”
“For Boris Johnson to treat the pain and suffering caused to our coalfield communities as a punchline shows just how out of touch with working people he is.”
“The Prime Minister must apologise immediately.”
Though Keir Starmer acts as if he cares about coal mines, the reality still stands. Due to Labours Green agenda, if coal mines were open today for energy purposes, Labour would shut them down without any prospects of reopening.
Confirming this, On June the 5th, 2019, the then Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey confirmed that Labour wouldn’t reopen coal mines for “energy purposes”.
Long-Bailey said: “The Labour Party does not condone the reopening of any coal mine to be used for energy purposes.”
The whole false outrage publicity stunt by Labour’s leader might be good for political brownie point. Still, it doesn’t stand up to their political position to remove coal as a viable energy option.