This week, as Conservative Party Conference ended, the Prime Minister gave a flippant speech, which was heavy on jokes, but light on policy or coherence. Spiralling energy costs, growing inflation, empty supermarket shelves and labour shortages barely received a mention, apart from either to blame someone else, or to claim this was all part of his plan.
The Prime Minister talked up his desire to turn
Britain into a high-wage economy. I share that ambition. But the truth is that ordinary people will not feel the benefits of wage rises compelled by labour shortages when it causes the cost of living to rise dramatically as well – particularly when this Government has decided to raise taxes on their homes and jobs with council tax rises and a National Insurance rise coming down the track.
To prevent this, productivity gains are needed too – but while queues snake around the block for petrol, businesses can’t find workers with the right skills to meet demand, and Brexit has achieved little but to create a new industry in filling out forms, the economy will continue to
Whereas Labour outlined a vision at conference to spend wisely, tax fairly and get the economy firing on all cylinders, experts branded Boris Johnson’s speech as “economically illiterate”.
Conferences are supposed to set the tone for a Party’s values and policies. At Labour’s conference, I returned energised and enthused to share Keir Starmer’s vision for a brighter and more prosperous Britain that will deliver a Britain of good work and employment opportunities, security for families, equality and a country where we take care of one another.
After eleven years in power where we have seen wages, growth and productivity flatline, it is
becoming clearer and clearer that the Conservatives have lots of slogans but are out of ideas. Meanwhile, it is working people and families who are paying the price.