MANCHESTER, England – Announcing that Britain will not go back to the “same old broken model” of the past, Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday pledged in the future to radically transform the country’s economy by earning higher wages by highly skilled workers.
Speaking to enthusiastic crowds at his Conservative Party’s annual conference, Mr Johnson said: “We are going to tackle the underlying problems of our economy and society – problems that the government has no courage to tackle, long-term structural weakness in the UK economy.
Expressing optimism but giving a few details, Mr Johnson formulated a view of Britain in terms of historic change. He cited the recent energy and food shortages that have plagued the country in recent weeks as mere evidence of a rapidly recovering economy in transit.
“We are now going to change the direction that has long been delayed in the UK economy,” Johnson said. “We’re not going back to the same old broken model: low wages, low growth, low efficiency and low productivity – it’s all as a system, enabled by uncontrolled migration.”
Most of Johnson Johnson’s speeches were devoted to his marquee policy of “leveling”, which aims to reduce the disparity between England’s economically backward north and the more prosperous south.
“We have the most unbalanced society and stagnant economy in all rich countries,” Johnson said.
Literary references, the jubilant jab of the opposition, and the public appeal on social issues, Mr. Johnson Johnson has further strengthened his status as the undisputed leader of the Conservative Party and all-purpose cheerleader.
At one point he described the leader of the opposition Labor Party, Keir Starmer, as Captain Hindsite, the captain of a cruise ship that had been hijacked by Somali pirates. The prime minister, on the other hand, who has multiple partners with six children, lamented Britain’s relatively small population, although he said what were his best efforts to add to the total.
Mr. Johnson appealed to social and cultural issues that resonated with the Conservative ranks and file. He vowed to defend Britain’s history and to oppose the revisionist interpretations of conservative heroes such as Winston Churchill.
Mr Johnson also praised his other Conservative predecessor, Margaret Thatcher, who he said would not hesitate to take painful steps to recover from the epidemic in the British economy.
For all references to the Conservative icons, Mr. Johnson’s speech is like a significant rejection of some of his party’s guiding policies and governance records.
The Conservatives have long been a business team, yet Mr. Johnson actually put pressure on businesses to break their addiction to the low-wage economy. The Conservatives have led the government since 2010, but Mr Johnson spoke of the last decade as if he were in charge of another party.
To many political analysts, Mr. Johnson appeared to introduce something new in the post-epidemic, post-Brexit era: a party that combines law-enforcement, anti-immigration, social democrats’ free spending, interventionist sentiment. The engagement of hardline Brexiters who made the movement to leave the European Union in 2016.
Mr. Johnson’s rhetorical acrobatics show a politician who has repeatedly disregarded political significance. But when Britain faces a painful adjustment, it faces a combination of adverse trends that could test this high-wire work. Rising food and fuel prices are putting pressure on consumers; Lack of gas has forced motorists to wait for hours to fill their tanks.
Mr Johnson described the challenges as growing pains প্রমাণ evidence of an economy waking up from the epidemic and rebuilding itself to recover the benefits of a high-wage, highly efficient future.
For the general public, however, fuel and food shortages such as the autumn shut down in Harkon instead of the 1970s, and the timing of the strike and the rising prices that newspapers call the “winter of discontent.”
Mr Johnson also sought to create a new dividing line with the opposition Labor Party, which he described as welcoming mass uncontrolled immigration, while the Conservatives wanted to invest in training and better wages for British workers.
Since coming to power in 2019, Mr Johnson has worn his policies under the cover of his predecessor, Mrs. Thatcher, who has been pushing for free-market reform since the 1970s. Asked in an interview this week how Britain could deal with the immediate consequences of an economic transition that could take years, he echoed a famous quote from Mrs Thatcher: “There is no alternative.”
But when Mr. Johnson praised Mrs. Thatcher as his role model, her remarks dramatically increased the level of her breach with her legacy. Under Mrs. Thatcher, the Conservative Party associated itself closely with business.
That relationship was strained over Brexit, Mr. Johnson’s Marquee project, which was opposed by large companies taking advantage of Europe’s huge single market.
Although his critics welcomed the idea of moving away from a low-wage, low-skilled economy, it could be a pain for many Britons if government policies increase inflation. The government poured most of the financial stimulus into the economy to stem the tide of the epidemic – this kind of compensation has hurt those who lost wages after being sent home.