As the BBC has reported, “Visiting a Scottish wind farm on Thursday, Mr Johnson told reporters: ‘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’ … He is reported to have laughed and added: ‘I thought that would get you going’”.
Yes, going straight to the nearest sick bucket. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon put it succinctly. “Lives 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)”. Quite. But, with the certainty of night following day, came the right-wing defence.
Christian Calgie. Claims to be a journalist
This was typified by the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, for whom snooty and entitled new teaboy Christian Calgie had already reminded the world what a Grade A Shit he was by whining “What is going on with bar/pub service at the moment? So many places are absolutely terrible. I’ve never had to ask so many waiters to remove the service charge from the bill”. Waitah! Waitah! You thyah!!
Calgie’s pro-Bozo wibble told readers not yet asleep “Labour Queue Up To Slam Climate Sage Thatcher … Boris Right About Maggie’s Climate Legacy”, going on to claim “While the left may refuse to acknowledge it, Thatcher was undeniably the first eco-conscious PM”. And so we come to point One: Mrs T often talked of taking action, but did not follow through, like claiming “We must do something about the inner cities”.
That was after her 1987 General Election victory. But little action followed. Likewise with point Two, “transitioning from coal”. Pits in the UK closed, but electricity generators kept on burning it: power stations in Yorkshire got their supplies imported to ports like Hunterston and then hauled by rail via Carlisle and Leeds. And then comes point Three.
Yes, it’s the old Tory Comparative Pit Closures Ploy, with Calgie sneering “For some reason, Labour is less willing to acknowledge Harold Wilson’s much greater role in closing British coal mines”. But in the late 60s and mid 70s, full employment was Government policy: those who had worked in the mines could walk out the pit and into another decently paid job. By the 1983-4 miners’ strike, unemployment was well above THREE MILLION.
There were no other jobs for redundant miners to walk into. Communities - those things that snobs like Calgie probably don’t understand - were badly hit. And communities is what those opposition politicians have been citing to rightly kick Bozo, whose early 1980s were spent lording it over the lower orders at Eton, before going up to Oxford.
All that was left for the sneering Calgie was for Tom Usher to bring him a dose of reality: “It says in your bio you’re a senior reporter for Guido Fawkes, but that can’t be right as you’re acting like a big stupid entitled man baby who looks like they willingly piss their pants in public for attention at the drop of a hat? Maybe some mistake?” He might wish to say that, but I couldn’t possibly comment. Another fine mess, once again.
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Former mining communities now know - as if they could ever forget - just how much tories STILL hate them for fighting back.
Don't ever expect thieving lying tories and their apologists to be any different.
He is reported to have laughed and added: ‘I thought that would get you going’”.
Correct. Which raises the question as to why the self-appointed so-called "Minister for the Union" is actually trying to break it up.
Back in the day, Thatcher was claiming that British coal was uneconomic while referring to the "Scargill Surcharge" due to having to import more expensive coal.
And the Starmer quisling has chosen the occasion to praise mass murdering war criminal Bliar, Thatcher's pet poodle.
Not unexpected behaviour from the Uriah Heep of British politics. A disgusting conscience-free quiffed-up spiv.
What could be more environmentally friendly than supplying coal to British power stations from mines in Poland and fucking Australia, Johnson. You utter flange.
The Tories are opening a coal mine in Cumbria...in 2021!!!! So much for them being green in any way shape or form.
It was his response to being asked if he would set a deadline for ending fossil fuel extraction. The outrage caused overshadowed the fact that he hadn't answered the question. Not that he ever does.
All the episode demonstrates is the sheer eternal ugliness of the tories.
It takes a particular kind of morally corrupt shitehawk to jeer at victims deliberately inflicted with horror. But it's what tories do and always will do.
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