Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday refused to allow Britain to return to its “broken” pre-Bridget economy, even as the country faces a supply chain crisis due to a divorce from the European Union.
In a scathing conference message for Tory loyalists gathered in Manchester, north-west England, Johnson vowed to push ahead with the post-Coved rehabilitation project, and tackle priorities ranging from infrastructure to climate change. Said for
The government has sought to blame the global health crisis for the migration of foreign lorry drivers as Brexit took full effect and the free movement of people ended in January.
Delivery to supermarkets has been affected, while a shortage of tanker drivers has led to panic shopping at petrol stations, forcing Johnson to call in troops to supply stocks.
The government is now facing warnings from farmers that tens of thousands of pigs could be burned in the coming days without the immediate arrival of any foreign firefighters and butchers.
Martial police station in Manchester, more than 2,000 demonstrators took rally against Conservatives on the opening day of his conference on Sunday.
“We are here today because this government is completely incompetent,” retired teacher Lauren Thompson told AFP.
“Children are hungry. How can this be in this century? We are here because we have to do something to register our hatred.”
An anti-Brexit protest banner echoed a famous speech by Britain’s World War II leaders Winston Churchill and Johnson’s political hero.
It says, “For so few people, very few have ever been devastated by #Brexit.”
But in a BBC interview at the conference, Johnson said the British had voted for a change in the 2016 Brexit referendum, and again in the 2019 election when the Conservatives returned to power.
“They voted to end the broken model of the UK economy that relies on low wages and low skills and chronic low productivity,” he said.
“What we can’t do in all these areas is just go back to the tired, failed, old model and reach the mark of uncontrolled immigration with low paid people.
“So yes, there will be a period of adjustment.”
Johnson also denounced conservative critics who are angry at his government’s growing tax burden and state intervention.
“If I could possibly avoid it, I don’t want to raise taxes again, certainly not, and (Finance Minister) Rishi Sink,” he said before Sink’s keynote address to the conference on Monday.
Johnson could point to a successful coed vaccination rollout, which has seen more than 82% of double-jobs over the age of 16 so far.
But there is anger in some quarters over claims that it has dealt with the epidemic and killed more than 136,000 people, as well as benefiting Conservative donors for the Cove Treaty.
At Brexit, he has angered Brussels by threatening to block new trade arrangements for Northern Ireland, and tensions with France over fishing rights are high.
Last week, opposition Labor leader Kerr Sturmer attacked Johnson as a unplanned Brexit showman, even though his popularity among the public was relatively high.
“We have a fuel crisis, a pay crisis, a supplies crisis and a cost crisis,” Starmer told his party conference.
Meanwhile, Johnson is facing strong protests over the murder of Sarah Award by London Metropolitan Police Officer Van Cousins.
The March kidnapping of a 33-year-old marketing executive in south London sparked a nationwide outcry and debate over the safety of women and girls.
Cousins, 48, was jailed on Thursday for falsely arresting him on the pretext that he had broken the Corona virus ban before raping and killing her.
Over the weekend, Matt confirmed that Cousins had been approved by Parliament for armed patrols on five occasions last year.
The London Force – Britain’s largest – bus carrying women has been shut down en masse for advising them to take off the flag if they are stopped by an officer they do not trust.
However, Johnson backed the advice in a BBC interview.
“I think the police do a great job,” he said.
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