Tony Abbott's “Foolish, Hypocritical And Offensive” Remark Of Scotland

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By Athena Yenko | August 18, 2014 3:57 PM EST

Prime Minister Tony Abbott had added another gaffe to his long list when he made a comment about Scotland's freedom that was slammed as foolish, hypocritical and offensive by Scotland's chief supporter of independence, Alex Salmond.

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Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (R) walks with Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in central London August 12, 2014.

"I think that the people who would like to see the breakup of the United Kingdom are not the friends of justice, not the friends of freedom, and that the countries that would cheer at the prospect of the breakup with the United Kingdom are not the countries whose company one would like to keep," Mr Abbott said.

He made the controversial remark during an interview with The Times of London.

Salmond, Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, said that Mr Abbott had always been famous or infamous for his political gaffe. He said that with Mr Abbott's remark, he had put his foot right in as it only persuades people to vote Yes for independence.

Also, it was nonsense for Mr Abbott to lecture Scots on freedom and justice as independence does not seem to have done Australia any harm, Salmond told BBC.

In June, Mr Abbott was criticized when he was caught on camera dozing off while attending France's 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Around the same period, he was criticized when he winked while speaking to an elderly sex line worker appealing for his budget cut policy.

The HBO satirical news program the Last Week Tonight With John Oliver also run a spool of his gaffes from the time he mocked the housewives of Australia to admitting being threatened by homosexuality.

Mr Abbott had, furthermore, suffered backlash when he reportedly cancelled meetings with World Bank executives, Yong Kim and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, due to a busy schedule.

Finally, the social media world feasted on his slip of calling Canada "Canadia" during an important speech where he was asked about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's censure of Russian policy in Ukraine.

"They're very forthright remarks, and I think that they're perfectly appropriate remarks for the Canadian Prime Minister to make. Canadia, Canada, probably has more involvement in the affairs of Europe than Australia often does, but ..."

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Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (R) walks with Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in central London August 12, 2014.
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