Boris Johnson made a spoof speech yesterday in which he vowed to “uncover the spirit” of Emma Radukanu, Team GB and the Three Lions in their mission to rebuild Britain.
Addressing the Tory loyalist, the prime minister set out his vision of “radical and optimistic conservatism”.
He channeled Maggie Thatcher and Sir Winston Churchill as party stalwarts, as he promised to fight for all Brits – north and south, with the “indomitable spirit” of 18-year-old tennis sensation Emma.
Mr Johnson said British sentiment should be unlocked across the country – as he made his “flatten promise” at home.
Wife Carey was seen walking with him before a 44-minute speech at the Tory convention in Manchester – in which he bulldozes the struggling Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer.
Mr Johnson praised the NHS as “tireless, unbeatable, unreliable”, as well as defending bankers, the private sector and capitalism as a whole.
But he warned that there are tough times ahead in his mission to deliver on Brexit promises like higher wages and better jobs.
He urged the Britons to look at the final words of the wartime hero Churchill in his cabinet: “Man is the soul.”
He continued: “He was there. I believe there is a unique spirit in this country through history and by accident – the spirit of NHS nurses and entrepreneurs.
“Emma Radukanu’s indomitable spirit, her grace and her mental resilience.” He stressed that former PM Lady Thatcher would have supported his tax hike coming next year to try to fill the Covid black hole.
He declared: “I can tell you – Margaret Thatcher would not have overlooked the meteorite that has crashed through the public finances.
“He waved his finger and said, ‘Borrowing more now is just higher interest rates, and more taxes later.
Concluding the Conservatives’ three-day conference, the PM said that we are “a country that prides itself on being a pioneer”, which “justifies people not by their spirit but by their spirit and what is inside them”. does.
He continued: “It is this spirit that is common in every town, village and town across the country, which can be found in the hearts and minds of children growing up everywhere – and that is the spirit that we are going to uncover. are.”
‘Our Mission to Promote Opportunity’
The speech was largely devoid of major policy announcements, but the PM tried to convey what his “flatten-up” agenda really meant.
He argued: “The idea in a nutshell is that you will find talent, brilliance, care, imagination and enthusiasm everywhere in this country, all of them equally distributed – but not the opportunity.
“And it is still a grim fact that some children in this country will grow up in neighborhoods that are safer than others. Our mission as Conservatives is to foster opportunity with every tool we have.”
He said: “This is the right and responsible policy, as it helps to relieve pressure from the warmer parts of the Southeast, as well as provide hope and opportunity to regions that have been left behind.”
But with lorry drivers and other workers crippling the supply chain, the PM reaffirmed his pledge to restrict the supply of cheap foreign labor after Brexit.
And despite a national insurance increase for millions of workers in April for an annual investment of £12 billion in health and social care, he insisted his new approach would ultimately create a low-tax economy.
He said: “This is the direction the country is headed now – towards higher wages, higher efficient, higher productivity and, yes, a lower tax economy.
“This is what the people of this country need and deserve. Yes it will take time and sometimes it will be difficult, but this is the change people voted for in 2016.
Describing the need for a tax increase, he said: “We have a huge hole in public finance, we’ve spent £407bn on COVID support and our debt is over £2 trillion, and the waiting list is about to come through. Will definitely go up. Down.
“Covid pushed out the great bow wave of cases and people did not ask for help or not, and that wave is now coming back – a tide of worry in every A&E and every GP.
“Your hip replacement, your mother’s surgery . . . and that’s the priority of the British people.”
Mr Johnson promised action to address long-standing problems in the housing supply – a contentious issue in his party, with proposed planning reforms blamed for the Chesham and Amersham by-election defeat in June .
He said it was a “scam” that the “home-ownership dream” had waned over the past 20 years. Necessary housing can be built “not only on green fields, not just jammed in the southeast”, but on brownfield sites “in places where a home makes sense”.
Maggi for tax
And the PM cheered the crowd by taunting Sir Keir’s protest. Mr Johnson raged: “Remember Labor’s performance during the pandemic? Fluff with the confidence of a damp tea towel. “
Taking direct aim, he said: “Labour leaders in past national crises have opted to reduce public anxiety and confusion by not trying to score cheap party political points, in a Falklands crisis like Attlee or even That Michael thinks about ft.
“Sadly, the captain did not take this approach, attacking for a week and then retreating while it was working. Human weathervane. Starr Chameleon. “
Labor hit back, saying: “Boris Johnson’s blank speech summed up this conservative convention.”
Tony Danker, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, said: “The prime minister set a compelling vision for our economy. Higher wages, higher skills, higher investment and higher growth.
“But the PM has stated his ambition only on salary. This needs to be supported by action on skill, investment and productivity. Disgruntled union chiefs dismissed the big speech as “hot air”.
Manuel Cortés, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Employees Union, said: “As we try to move away from the shadow of Covid, the prime minister’s pitch will be hollow for many.”
Indie band Friendly Fires reprimanded Mr Johnson for using their track blue cassette in the introduction of his address.
He said he did not support its use, adding: “If Boris Johnson needed some uplift to walk, perhaps he should have used the sound of a busy food bank.”
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PROUD hubby BoJo sealed his barnstorming speech with a kiss for pregnant wife Carrie.
Then they hugged the 33-year-old – expecting their second child in December – as they stepped out of the cheering zone.
During the 45-minute address, Carey sat next to her sister-in-law, Rachel Johnson.
She turned heads in a £350 red velvet dress from enduring British brand Cabbage & Roses.