Boris Johnson urges UK return to office for ‘evolutionary reasons’

At the CBI annual conference on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a speech entailing how the UK is serious about going for growth. He opened his speech by praising the ability of British businesses to ‘bounce back’. Johnson urged people to return to the workplace for ‘sound evolutionary reasons’. Although; the Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on working lives and has since promoted a shift towards flexible working, Boris prophesied that ‘people will come back to the office’ and not continue working three day work weeks.

Johnson displayed his commitment to electrifying transport as he announced that all new homes and buildings will require electric vehicle charging points as standard. The Prime Minister compared himself to Moses when he discussed his 10 point climate change plan, making the sounds of a petrol engine car whilst talking about the advantages of electric cars.

Johnson has faced scrutiny for taking deep budget cuts from the HS2 project in order to save 10s of billions of pounds to be used for his ‘moral mission’ to tackle the imbalance in productivity across the country and level up different regions. During the speech, he reaffirmed his commitment to levelling up; however, this budget cut contradicts the Tory pledge to improve ‘left behind’ areas as the HS2 would’ve done just that.

When asked by an ITV news reporter about his speech after it had been concluded, Boris ‘thought it went well’. In contrast to this, Juergen Maier, vice-chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership described Johnson’s speech as ‘lacking in strategy and just not good enough’. Simon Storer, chief executive of the Insulation Manufacturers Association also said Johnson’s speech was a ‘disappointing session’ with ‘nothing but bluster and hot air’. Additionally, Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne’s Labour mayor, said the PM ‘sounded like he didn’t know where he was’.


Written by Chanel Enow Research compiled by Louis-Daniel Oloyede


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