Boris Johnson: It’s time to be ambitious


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country should “use this moment” to resolve the problems that had been highlighted by the coronavirus crisis.

In a speech to Dudley, the Prime Minister proposed that the UK “bounce better” and accelerate £ 5 billion on infrastructure projects.

He said the virus had accelerated plans for the manifesto, including plans for reform.

“The speed of the project” has been set up with the Chancellor, who will describe the recovery plan in more detail next week.

The Labor party says the government must have a “laser focus” on keeping jobs as the UK breaks out of the lockout.

Johnson said the government plans to “build, build, build” to lessen the economic impact of the coronavirus.

He said planning laws would be streamlined to encourage construction. From September, vacant stores can be converted into accommodation without planning request, as part of the proposals.

And homeowners will be able to build extensions “through an expedited approval process” subject to consultation with their neighbors.

“Economic response”

During his speech, Johnson said the country “cannot continue to be a prisoner of this crisis” and that it “is now slowly, cautiously preparing to come out of hibernation.”

“This country must be ready for what could happen,” he said, saying there would be an “economic response.”

“We must use this moment now … to plan our response and to resolve the problems that have been most brutally brought to light in this blinding flash,” he said, stressing “the problems of our social protection system”. .

He said the government wanted to continue its “race to the top” plans because “too many regions” of the country had been “left behind, neglected, unloved.”

He said the government would not return to austerity and that the chancellor would present an economic response plan next week.

The Prime Minister likes a great historical comparison.

He is a passionate student of Winston Churchill – and has even written a book about him.

For the past few days, the comparisons the government has attempted to make have been with former US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his “New Deal.”

As my colleagues at Reality Check point out, the plan presented today is a tiddler over what FDR has done, and much of it re-announces what we already knew the government was planning.

But Boris Johnson is trying to put the government’s vision in a larger context – and his pride in saying that he wants to spend a lot to revitalize the economy and get it out of the doldrums.


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