Boris Johnson’s ‘jokes wearing thin’, says Keir Starmer

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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer criticized Boris Johnson’s conference speech, arguing that his jokes are “wearing thin” when the pockets of people across the country are hurt.

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Starmer said the “showman” prime minister keeps on pretending that “he has just landed from the moon” – arguing that the way the Tories have ruled, Britain is at the cost of a life crisis.

It comes as polling shows the public preferred the Labor leader’s conference speech in Brighton last week to the Conservative leader’s address in Manchester on Wednesday.


The Opinium survey found that some 63 percent of respondents agreed with Starmer, compared to only 51 percent agreeing with what Johnson said.

Some 68 percent of voters told pollster that Starmer’s speech shows he cares about the common people, while only 37 percent said it shows Johnson cares about the common people.

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“I think the cost of living crisis is going to unfold as we go through the winter months, it’s going to affect millions of families very, very hard,” Starmer told ITV. peston.

“And I think you know showman, the jokes are all great, but when guys get hit in their wallet they’re going to wear thin and they’re going to get hit very, very hard in their wallet. “

Asked whether he agreed with Mr Johnson’s view that the UK needs to move towards a higher-wage, higher-productivity economy, Starmer insisted the Tories had already done it after 11 years in power. Should have achieved.

“Look, the prime minister is playing this game where he’s pretending he’s just landed from the moon and he’s looking around and saying, ‘Things are looking awful here, we need to level up a little bit. needs to be done, things are awful’.

“Of course, we want a high-wage, high-efficient, high-productivity economy – but we need a plan for it, and a plan for that isn’t fuel shortages, gaps on our supermarket shelves and the pretense of it. Not that it is some clever scheme to raise wages and increase skills.”

On the £20-a-week cut in Universal Credit, Starmer claimed that the more liberal benefits system should not be funded by more borrowing. “We will balance the books… it has to be paid for as a day-to-day expense.”

Starmer’s party drove a van around the perimeter of the convention venue in Manchester during Johnson’s speech on Wednesday – displaying a poster urging ministers to “cancel the cut”.

Among business leaders who criticized Johnson’s speech, the Federation of Small Business stated that Labor, not the Conservatives, is the only party with a “pro-small business policy”.


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