Prime Minister Boris Johnson chose to play to the gallery instead of address concerns about the rising living costs and disruption to supplies in his speech to the Conservative party conference
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Boris Johnson should heed the adage “if you have nothing to say, say nothing”.
His Tory Party conference speech yesterday was glib, vacuous and insultingly lightweight.
The Prime Minister chose to play to the gallery instead of address concerns about the rising living costs and disruption to supplies.
He boasted of taking difficult decisions but did not have the guts to recognise the anguish and pain caused by the cut in Universal Credit.
The Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey was even more insensitive, singing I’m Having The Time of My Life on the day more than four million of the poorest households found themselves £20 a week worse off.
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The Tories have no idea of how tough life is for many and no plan to remedy the problem.
The PM’s speech was packed with slogans and cheap gags but devoid of any policies.
Rather than confront the challenges facing the country, he ran away from them.
He had nothing to say about the fuel crisis, no message to farmers having to slaughter animals and was silent on rising energy costs.
The only thing he had to offer was escapism from the mess he has created.
An estimated 40% of the world’s population have now had the Covid vaccine.
This impressive figure hides the fact that only 2% of people in the poorest nations have been vaccinated – and unless it increases millions of lives could be lost unnecessarily.
There are now enough supplies to roll out the vaccine to every part of the globe.
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All that is missing is the political will.
Distributing the vaccine is not only the right thing to do morally, it is in everyone’s interest to stop new strains emerging.
The poignant picture of a dying gorilla being cradled by her caretaker reminds us of our bond with the animal kingdom.
It also underlines why we must do everything we can to protect these majestic species from poachers and deforestation.