Oona Keating. Updated on January 11, 2023
It is not the first time that a British Prime Minister has made a trip in an unreasonably expensive and climate-damaging way solely for the sake of prestige or convenience.
There was Liz Truss Flight to Australia for 500 thousand poundsBoris Johnson flight to Cornwall to discuss climate change and Johnson’s other jaunts on a jet from holiday to the Cornish and to Blackpool to take a photo, to name but a few.
The current Prime Minister’s choice of a private jet to visit Leeds Hospital has been criticized, with many pointing out the terrible optics of ordinary people struggling with the cost of living, while others cited the government’s green pledges.
NEW: On Monday, Rishi Sunak left for Leeds on board a plane with fourteen passengers.
It comes after the government promised a “jet zero” strategy in July last year. https://t.co/3d8YWtmg41
— Ava Santina (@AvaSantina) January 10, 2023
Downing Street gave an excuse.
NEW: Rishi Sunak flew to Leeds yesterday on a private jet, say #10, because it was the most efficient use of his limited time. ✈️
— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) January 10, 2023
People weren’t surprised, and they really weren’t impressed.
Glad to see that the richest Prime Minister in our history has not been affected by the strikes. Or the climate crisis. Or the cost of living. https://t.co/6nnoDNtkaB
— Best For Britain (@BestForBritain) January 10, 2023
If I were a politician constantly accused of being out of touch, I’d take the train, even if it takes eight minutes longer than a private jet. Hell, I’d take the megabus. https://t.co/iy3UZmbmI0
— Adam Kay (@amateuradam) January 10, 2023
There’s no connection, then it’s…https://t.co/FsDv7ivQwL
— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaPurkiss) January 10, 2023
Not sure why more nurses don’t do this. https://t.co/Rl09VK0AkF
— SECRET TORRY 🇬🇧 (@secrettory12) January 10, 2023
The first question in Rishi’s new maths syllabus is if a private plane from London to Leeds takes around 3 hours overall and a train from London to Leeds takes 2.5 hours, which is a more efficient use of the Prime Minister’s limited time ? https://t.co/p6n4jHd3BV
— Tiernan Douieb (@TiernanDouieb) January 10, 2023
Climate change and no future for children or efficient use of time, such a tough task https://t.co/dG4dFRifne
— HappyToast★ (@IamHappyToast) January 10, 2023
Rishi Sunak is too good for the railways and too good for the NHS https://t.co/mFOIizqqSg
— Toby Earl 🇺🇦 (@TobyonTV) January 10, 2023
What they mean is that he will only be prime minister for a limited time, so he needs to use a private jet when he can. https://t.co/tJ4K1xcr3T
— Chris Kehoe (@MrKehoe79) January 10, 2023
*Long, tired sigh as I continue to separate my recycling* https://t.co/1Q2A4cx1k3
— G. Itch C (@Scriblit) January 10, 2023
— Jenny Jones 🇺🇦 (@GreenJennyJones) January 10, 2023
In truth, his party launched the health, transport and education systems we all need to use, so what’s a busy prime minister to do?
I wonder if he realizes that many of us are “busy” too, so we need things to actually work! https://t.co/gG56jcPANX
— Jemma Forte (@jemmaforte) January 10, 2023
Rishi Sunak, November 7, 2022: “we can turn our fight against climate change into a global mission.” https://t.co/tXOIyf4VA7
— Joe Maugham (@JolyonMaugham) January 10, 2023
Rishi Sunak, the person in charge of our public services, enjoys private health, private jets and went to private school.
Privatized Prime Minister.
— Sam Bright (@WritesBright) January 10, 2023
Rishi Sunak has flown to Leeds on a private jet because he believes he is rich enough to avoid the worst of the climate meltdown and that everyone else is wasted. ✈️🔥 https://t.co/y92maTbJtz
— Just Stop Oil (@JustStop_Oil) January 10, 2023
One rule for them.
One rule for us.
— Paul Pashley (@MrPaulPashley) January 10, 2023
We can’t help but wonder who could do the job that John Elledge is proposing here.
I was again impressed by the fact that there was no attempt to neutralize the “untouchable” line of attack. He’s so disconnected that he doesn’t realize he could benefit from someone whose job it is to let him know when he looks disconnected. https://t.co/YVJbY8Qayf
— Jon Elledge (@JonnElledge) January 10, 2023
We hear Boris Johnson has a lot of free time these days.