Tone Deaf Minister Loses Plot

Tone Deaf Minister Loses Plot

A leading UK government minister is being ridiculed over his attempt to demonise and blackmail striking nurses by linking their desperate attempt to get a wage increase to Vladimir Putin.  Tory chairman Nadhim Zahawi directly linked the strike to the war in Ukraine.

In a series of high profile media appearances on Sunday, Zahawi urged nurses not to strike and “send a very clear message” to Russian President Vladimir Putin as he said rising prices were being driven by higher energy costs due Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“This is not a time to be divided. We have to come together to, I hope, send a very clear message to Mr Putin that he can’t use energy as a weapon in this way,” he said on Sky News. He repeated the same message in appearances on the BBC and Times Radio.

The absurd, insulting and tone deaf message brought well-deserved criticism. Royal College of Nursing (RCN) general secretary Pat Cullen said: “Using Russia’s war in Ukraine as a justification for a real-terms pay cut for nurses in the UK is a new low for this Government. The public does not believe this kind of rhetoric and wants ministers to address our dispute.”