Trade Organisations and think tanks have dismissed claims by Boris Johnson that he is leading Britain into an economically vibrant society of “high wages” and “high productivity.”
Speaking in Manchester during the curtain closer of the Conservative party conference, Johnson said he was looking to create an economy that would stop relying on the “same old lever of uncontrolled immigration.”
Singing what has been consequently dubbed unctuous praises of his own administration, Johnson said his government is mustering the gall to tackle crucial issues that had been ignored by previous administrations.
But experts have accused the Prime Minister of losing touch with reality, with a think-tank accusing him of using the “dogwhistle” approach on the clamp-down against illegal immigration.
In what seemed like a tactful circumventing of the ongoing UK fuel crisis, Johnson accused hauliers for failing “to invest in people, in skills and in the equipment”. He highlighted the lack of truck stops causing HGV drivers “to urinate in the bushes”.
Spokesperson from the Road Haulage Association, Paul Mummery, said it was the duty of the government to provide an enabling environment, he said: “The PM is basically blaming the road transport industry for these spartan conditions. That’s not down to the industry.
“There’s a reason why there are few decent safe parking spaces for truckers – local authorities don’t want them in their area. Lorry firms don’t build truck stops so he is absolutely wrong to be blaming us for the lack of facilities.”
The Adam Smith Institute, a free-market think tank, criticised Johnson’s remarks as “vacuous and economically illiterate”, saying: “Shortages and rising prices simply cannot be blustered away with rhetoric about migrants.
“It’s reprehensible and wrong to claim that migrants make us poorer… This dogwhistle shows that this Government doesn’t care about pursuing evidence-based policies.”
Chief executive of the British Poultry Council, Richard Griffiths, said it would take considerable time for the supply chain to bounce back from the loss of EU workers due to post Brexit immigration rules.
He said: “Over the last twenty years, we’ve been fortunate enough to use non-UK labour in order to grow the sector.
“We ran out of UK labour in the areas in which we operate. Non-UK workers have allowed the poultry sector to grow. This has been good for continued growth. This isn’t a case of cheap labour.”
Johnson’s 48-minutes speech, which was themed by the drive to level up the UK and ensure a more equal society has continued to meet serious criticism for failing to address the most contentious issues bedevilling the UK economy at the moment.
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