SNP sparks outrage with Twitter attack on Boris Johnson’s Scotland visit
Boris Johnson has ‘every right’ to be in Scotland says commentator
The independence-seeking party’s official Twitter account posted a photo of the Prime Minister arriving at Glasgow Airport under a caption highlighting the UK Government’s coronavirus slogan: Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives. Ms Sturgeon had earlier accused Mr Johnson of making a non-essential journey to visit the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, a vaccination hub in Castlemilk and a vaccine manufacturer in Livingstone.
Do you realise how petty you come across?
But the SNP Twitter post backfired and provoked furious accusations of hypocrisy, arrogance and petty behaviour against the party.
One furious critic tweeted: “He’s the Prime Minister of Scotland. He can visit anywhere in the realm all he pleases. Not up to you lot to decide where he goes.”
Another said: “I’m no Tory but it seems to me perfectly legitimate that the Prime Minister can travel to Scotland, as part of his duties acting in the interests of the United Kingdom.
“This tweet comes across as rather distasteful nationalism.”
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Another said: “Should the Conservatives tweet Nicola Sturgeon’s daily trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh?
“Sickening that the SNP are using a global pandemic for political point scoring.”
Another said: “Nicola Sturgeon commutes between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The SNP, hypocrisy at every turn.”
And in a post directed at Ms Sturgeon, another critic tweeted: “Do you realise how petty you come across?”
Some SNP supporters backed Ms Sturgeon’s position on Twitter.
One accused Mr Johnson of “trying to ensure we stay in the UK with his wee platitudes of togetherness” and added: “Clearly the rules don’t matter to him, nor does our First Minister’s advice on staying away.”
Another said: “Actually every time he comes here support for independence rises in the polls.”
And another said: “He’s not here to talk about the pandemic, he’s here to campaign against Scottish independence.
“He hasn’t been here or listened to Scottish officials about the pandemic (or anything else for that matter) for 11 months.
“Now that independence gains traction he is bothered all of a sudden.”
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Scottish police said they had received a “small number” of complaints about Mr Johnson’s visit with some people accusing him of breaking of strict lockdown rules.
But Downing Street has defended the Prime Minister’s decision to go ahead with the visit.
Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said: “It is a fundamental part of the Prime Minister’s job to go out and see businesses and communities and people.
“These are Covid-related visits. You’ve seen the Prime Minister do a number of them over the past few weeks.
“It is obviously important that he is continuing to meet and see those who are on the front line in terms of those who are providing tests, in terms of those who are working so hard to deliver the vaccination plan.”
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