the essential Boris Johnson will address himself, for the first time in two years, to his party meeting in congress.
From slaughterhouses to tanker truck driving positions, the lack of manpower is hitting the UK hard and sowing doubt and impatience at the slogan hammered out by the Conservative leader of 57 years of “building back better” after the pandemic and Brexit.
But Boris Johnson, who will address himself for the first time in two years to his party in congress, assures us that the United Kingdom is going through a period of transition there. “We are tackling the most important underlying problems of our economy and our society”, he must declare to close the high mass of the Conservatives in Manchester (north-west), “the problems which no government has had the guts to attack before “.
This is a “long overdue change of direction” for the UK economy, according to excerpts from his speech, in which he has to reiterate that the country is turning its back on an “old broken system “based on” low wages, low growth, low skills and low productivity, all made possible and facilitated by uncontrolled immigration. “
” Giant who wake up”
The upheavals that the United Kingdom has experienced since the start of the school year highlight the importance of foreign labor in the country. Boris Johnson’s government had to at least temporarily relax its line on immigration, one of the Brexit commitments for which it has campaigned so much, by granting 10 500 three-month work visas to come to the rescue of sectors such as transport or poultry farming.
But the expected success is not really there. Of the 5 000 visas offered for truck drivers – including 300 tanker trucks – the UK government only received a handful of requests: 127, Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.
Displaying full optimism, he went so far as to dismiss even the term crisis, estimating on the BBC Tuesday that the situation in the British economy, like the world economy, is that of a ” giant waking up “. The Labor opposition, through Labor President Anneliese Dodds, responded by accusing her of “not seeing the crisis that is staring him in the face.”
Less than a month before the COP 26 on the climate organized in Glasgow (Scotland), Boris Johnson is also expected on his commitments for the environment. His government has set 2035 the objective of carbon-free electricity production, adding according to Boris Johnson to the environmental virtues the advantage of no longer depending on hydrocarbons coming from abroad, in the midst of soaring gas prices. But since the opening of the congress on Sunday, the climate has appeared to be largely absent from the speeches of its ministers.
The issue was not addressed by Finance Minister Rishi Sunak when he presented his strategy on Monday to put the country’s finances back on track after the pandemic, with an emphasis on technology. A “bad sign” before the COP 26, according to Rebecca Newsom of Greenpeace UK. “Spending more money on green infrastructure now would save huge sums later and create millions of new jobs,” she said, judging that “at the time when we need spending for a carbon-free future, Rishi seems to be taking a big step backwards “.
If the subject was raised Tuesday by the Minister of the Interior Priti Patel, it is to promise a hardening of the police and judicial arsenal against environmental activists who regularly block highways in recent weeks. Activists Boris Johnson called “irresponsible cranky.”