Will Partygate be the end of Boris Johnson? | Behind The Headlines
A Scottish Conservative MSP has snubbed Boris Johnson by saying he "was too busy painting" his bathroom to meet the prime minister on his trip to Scotland.
After Russell Findlay failed to meet the prime minister while he whipped around Fife on Monday, as part of a tour around the UK promoting his levelling-up agenda, he said to Times Radio: "I was too busy painting my bathroom" and how's that for an excuse?
It comes amid tensions between Johnson and the Scottish Tories.
And when it was suggested by the Times Radio presenter Matt Chorley that Johnson’s visits tend to coincide with an increase in support for independence, Findlay replied: “Well, I couldn’t possibly comment.”
Findlay added: “Many people I speak to like Boris Johnson on the doorstep but it’s true to say that he is largely not popular, certainly a divisive figure in Scotland. But I don’t think materially he is going to suddenly turn the majority of Scots into wanting to break up the United Kingdom.
"Think back to seven years ago, when Alex Salmond was the man we were told to lead Scotland to freedom. And now, according to the SNP, he’s a conspiracy theorist. So the United Kingdom is much bigger than an individual. Whether it is Boris Johnson or Alex Salmond.”
How diplomatic. As for the painting, how can Johnson blame him? After all, he is also a fan of painting. Buses, apparently...
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