Boris Johnson agrees to leave the cost of living crisis “to the future Prime Minister”

via Associated Press Boris Johnson, July 20, 2022 in London.

via Associated Press

Boris Johnson, July 20, 2022 in London.

UNITED KINGDOM – Pushed to resign but still in charge of current affairs, is Boris Johnson in full abandonment of his post? The British Prime Minister, who will leave 10 Downing Street in September when his successor is known, is being blamed for his absence despite the deterioration in the economic situation. He assumes to leave the resolution of the crisis to his successor.

Since the announcement of his resignation, he has already been criticized for having missed crisis meetings devoted to the historic heat wave which hit the United Kingdom or for not having received the English footballers after their victory in the Premier League. ‘Euro. Latest fact: after saying goodbye to the House of Representatives at the end of July, Boris Johnson celebrated his marriage to Carrie Johnson and left on honeymoon in Slovenia last week.

Friday, the Minister in charge of Energy and Enterprises Kwasi Kwarteng, questioned on Times Radio, had indicated that he did not know ” where is “ the head of government. “He just celebrated his wedding, I think he is on honeymoon and (…), he added. I don’t think many people will resent him. » The Prime Minister himself said on local television that he spent a stay ” marvellous “ in Slovenia. “We had a wonderful honeymoon, he said. We climbed every available mountain, dived in lakes, rode bikes. »

The opposition shouts at absenteeism

A holiday story that contrasts with the economic situation in the United Kingdom. During Boris Johnson’s absence, the central bank warned that inflation would exceed 13% in the autumn, plunging the country into its longest recession since the 2008 financial crisis. Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi was also far behind. from London. However, he said in a statement Thursday that for him, “there are no holidays”and that he continues to have calls and briefings “daily”.

“The Conservative Party caused the collapse of the economycommented on Twitter Angela Rayner, the number two of the Labor Party. Now they are missing. » For Labor MP Rachel Reeves, “an economic crisis like this requires strong leadership and urgent action, but instead we have a conservative party that has lost control”.

Former Labor Prime Minister Gordon Brown also denounced the government’s inaction. “Someone has to be in charge”he added on the ITV channel, adding that“There is a void that needs to be filled”. “If we wait for the new Prime Minister, it will be too late”he warned, calling on Boris Johnson and the two candidates for his succession – Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak – to agree on emergency budgetary measures.

A similar story with Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who asked in a letter on Monday for a meeting to be held between the heads of government of the four British nations to “agree on urgent measures to help those who need it most”.

“The Prime Minister must bring the two candidates together within the next two weeks to agree on a solution and help people and businesses pay their energy bills”, also insisted Tony Danker, the director of the powerful British employers’ union CBI. But such a meeting should not see the light of day to end the paralysis.

Johnson tasks his successor with finding solutions to the crisis

This Monday August 8, the British government confirmed that Boris Johnson will not intervene on the question of the cost of living and that he will return “to the future Prime Minister” take action to deal with the recession and the increase in energy prices, said the spokesperson of the resigning prime minister. For their part, the entourage of Rishi Sunak, candidate for the succession of Johnson, indicated that because of “fundamental differences of opinion” between the former minister and his rival Liz Truss for the head of the Conservative Party and the government, discussions between the two would be in vain.

Ex-finance minister Rishi Sunak has said he wants to put in place, if he becomes prime minister, measures to support the purchasing power of the most vulnerable, while Liz Truss has said she will mainly tackle the reduction of taxes rather than financial aid for the poorest.

The Tories must choose between top diplomat Liz Truss, who is leading in the polls, and Rishi Sunak, with the outcome of the vote to be announced on September 5. Boris Johnson will officially step down the following day.

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