‘Too weak!’ Boris Johnson shames Keir Starmer for being ‘scared of the Union flag’

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Boris Johnson ruthlessly mocked Labour leader Keir Starmer during his Scottish Conservative party conference address. Mr Johnson largely went after the SNP and their “reckless obsession” with independence, but he reserved several cutting remarks for Sir Keir. He noted: “Keir Starmer had to pay for independent marketing advice to tell him that he shouldn’t be scared to be seen with the Union flag.”

He appealed to Unionist voters to back the Scottish Conservatives over Labour, accusing Sir Keir’s party of “flip flopping” over a second independence referendum.

The Prime Minister said: “Labour are too weak and they cannot be trusted to stand up to the SNP.

“Keir Starmer was right behind Jeremy Corbyn when he flip-flopped all over the place on whether there should be another independence referendum.

“They would rather work with the SNP to be seen as anti-Conservative than stand up for the unity of the United Kingdom.”

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He continued: “We cannot put the future of our country in Labour’s hands, not in Edinburgh or in London.

“So, it is up to the Scottish Conservatives to again stop the SNP from winning a majority in May just like they did in 2016. The only party that can cut the SNP down to size.”

A new poll this weekend showed Boris Johnson’s personal approval rating had surpassed that of Keir Starmer for the first time since May last year.

Earlier in his address, Mr Johnson went after the SNP’s plans for Scotland, saying they were “the last thing Scotland needs”.

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He said: “The SNP are just not listening. They are intent on pushing for a referendum regardless of the cost to Scotland and the UK.

“We will learn that the SNP are not as invicible as the pundits believe. The SNP want to divide us, to turn Scotland against itself.

“Only the Scottish Conservatives can stop the SNP dividing our country with their drive for a divisive independence referendum.”


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Mr Johnson has already made clear that he will not grant a second independence referendum even if the SNP triumphs in May’s Scottish Parliament elections.

It comes after Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney today said the Nationalists are taking “forward steps” to deliver a second independence vote.

Prime Minister joined many other Tory politicians in condemning the SNP for focusing on “pushing their campaign for separation” at the time of the pandemic.

Mr Johnson said: “Just when everything is beginning to reopen again, when we will soon be reunited with our friends and family, the SNP think that this is the time to turn us all against one another.

“To start another political fight. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised: it is their party’s obsession.”

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