A BUSY day in British politics saw the EU attack Boris Johnson, Johnson attack Labour for attacking Donald Trump’s climate policy, Trump himself attack Scotland’s wind farms, and the Scottish executive attack the British government for being too anti-EU.
As would be expected the oddly coiffed pair of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson were in the thick of it.
The British foreign secretary was denounced for ‘unbelievable arrogance’ by senior European politician Manfred Weber, who is furious over Johnson’s support of Turkey joining the EU.
Johnson has been incredibly cheeky of late. He led a campaign to leave the EU which stoked fears of Turkey joining the EU to sway voters terrified of more immigration, while secretly lobbying for Turkey’s membership.
That cynicism has infuriated EU leaders who largely oppose Turkish membership and feel that Britain should have no say whatsoever in the alliance’s long-term future.
Johnson then turned his ire towards Labour who had the temerity to ask what Britain plans to do about the future president’s utter disdain for climate change policies.
Shadow foreign minister Emily Thornberry asked Johnson how a man who ridiculed climate change as a Chinese hoax can be trusted to help solve the world’s deepening environmental crisis.
Johnson replied that her negative attitude could be ‘damaging’ to British interests, presumably by getting on the bad side of the future president, and said the UK would help change Trump’s mind because he is a ‘deal maker’.
Trump meanwhile took a pot shot at Scotland, apparently telling Nigel Farage that he was ‘offended’ by the country’s wind turbines.
“When I look out of my window and I see these windmills, it offends me. You’ve got to do something about these windmills. Let’s put them offshore, why spoil the beautiful countryside?” the man with no conflict of interest whatsoever said.
Trump spent years embroiled in a bitter legal battle as he tried in vain to abolish a wind farm project near his private Aberdeenshire golf club, even taking the case to the supreme court.
Having failed in the courtroom the president-elect is now trying to influence Scottish environmental policy through Nigel Farage and seems open to using the power of the presidency to further his business interests.