Updated Sunday, 3 October 2021 – 14:42
The ‘premier’ recalls that people voted for a change in 2016 and that “we cannot go back to the old and worn economic model”
Priti Patel and Boris Johnson cook a cake during their visit to the HideOut Youth Zone .STEFAN ROUSSEAUAFPBrexit ‘Operation Escalin’: 200 soldiers to the ‘rescue’ of British gas stations Energy crisis The ‘autumn storm’ is closing in on the British economy
Boris Johnson has acknowledged that the current supply crisis, which has caused kilometer tails been at the gas stations for ten days due to the lack of truckers, it is due to the fact that the British economy is going through “a period of adjustment” after Brexit without having to say the fateful word).
“When people voted for change in 2016 and again in 2019, they voted for the end of the British economic model that relied on low wages, low skills and low productivity, and what we are doing is putting all that behind us. “declared the” premier “to the BBC at the start of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.
“What we cannot do is go back to the old and worn economic model, have uncontrolled levels of immigration and leave people with low wages, “stressed the conservative leader, who faces harsh criticism within and outside his own party for his mismanagement of the crisis that threatens to spread to other sectors and embitter Christmas to millions of Britons.
From Monday, some 200 soldiers will take action in the so-called “Operation Escalin” to guarantee supply at British gas stations. At least a hundred of them will be driving the delivery trucks and barely covering the more than 50,000 driver vacancies of heavy vehicles (mainly due to the return to their countries of immigrants from Eastern Europe due to the pandemic and Brexit).
The transport employer has assured that it warned the “premier” of the looming problem last June. Johnson himself recognized the presenter Andrew Marr that he had been aware of the problem long before, but blamed the ‘chronic problem’ on the trucking industry itself, ‘which you need to pay your workers decently and make investments to improve their conditions. “
Johnson admitted that the supply crisis can last until Christmas, as the Secretary of the Treasury has warned Rishi Sunak. “We are facing a problem that is happening all over the world, even in China,” he said. “What we are seeing are the strains of a growing economy: the UK has the fastest growing economy in the G7.”
To the question about the slaughter of more than 120,000 pigs due to lack of personnel in slaughterhouses and meat processing plants, Boris Johnson also responded by throwing balls out: “We are talking about an industry that includes the slaughter of animals.” At Andrew Marr’s insistence that pigs be slaughtered and incinerated, and not enter the food chain, the “premier” argued that we are facing another example where wages will have to rise to attract British workers.
The statements of Johnson, who has this week assured that the situation at the gas stations is “stabilizing”, provoked the reaction of the Petroleum Retailers Association (PRA). “16% of (independent) gas stations are out of fuel,” argued PRA President Brian Madderson. “And although the general situation has improved since Friday, the problem is growing in London and the South East of England.”
In remarks leading up to the start of the Conservative Party conference, Johnson tiptoed over the triple crisis (energy, supplies and food) and boasted of the “unprecedented level of support for the economy during Covid” and reiterated the commitment of his party “not only to recover, but to rebuild better.”
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