FRASERBURGH (dpa-AFX) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire after commenting on the closure of many coal mines by ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. During a visit to an offshore wind farm in Scotland on Thursday, Johnson claimed that Thatcher had given Great Britain an “early start” in the direction of the energy transition by closing the mines and accelerating the British exit from coal.
Both the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the opposition Labor Party reacted in shock. Margaret Thatcher’s rigid austerity policy, which included the closure of the mines, had driven many British people into poverty and despair. The miners ‘strike in the mid-1980s was a fierce and long workers’ struggle with dead and injured that left deep scars on many families.
Labor MP Lisa Nandy called Johnson’s comments “shameful” and called for an apology. It is important that the “green turnaround” is also a “fair turnaround” that does not leave people without jobs, as happened under Thatcher.
Margaret Thatcher – also known as the “Iron Lady” – ruled Great Britain from 1979 to 1990 as the first female Prime Minister in British history./swe/DP/he