The government has no chance to address its problems if Prime Minister Boris Johnson refuses to acknowledge that leaving the EU will make matters worse, says James O’Brien
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The shadow of Basil Fawlty looms over Boris Johnson’s battered, paling government, but it’s not “the war” they’re desperately trying, not to mention Brexit.
And while his fawning supporters continue to hilariously cheer him for “making it happen,” the grim reality is becoming clearer by the day.
We know his ‘oven ready’ deal set a limit in the Irish Sea after declaring it would only be done over his ‘corpse’.
We know that he and the ridiculous Lord Frost who negotiated it tried to renege on the treaty before the ink had dried on it.
And we know his government has trumpeted its willingness to break international law in order to evade its obligations.
But what you won’t know as you listen to the Cabinet trying to explain away problems everywhere from airports to doctors’ offices is that every crisis Britain is currently facing is being compounded by Tory determination to end our decades-old ‘ Welcome ” Mat and become the first country in history to impose economic sanctions on itself.
Last month, the number of vacancies exceeded the number of unemployed for the first time since records began. There is a shortage of doctors, nurses, truck drivers, fruit pickers, veterinarians, flight attendants, baggage handlers, hospitality staff and many, many more. But unfortunately no shortage of Tory politicians afraid to tell the truth.
Project Fear is now Project Here. The Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that GDP will fall by 4% due to Brexit (compared to around 1.5% due to Covid). And in the midst of a catastrophic cost-of-living crisis, supply chain disruption is driving food prices higher.
But when Tory rebel Tobias Ellwood shared these simple truths on Wednesday, for him knives were quicker than wine at a lockdown party at Downing Street.
Food and drink exports to the EU have fallen by 17% from pre-pandemic levels and a disaster relief charity, which normally helps victims of earthquakes and floods, has been set up by Kent County Council to help the suffering of lorries -Relieve drivers in queues around Dover.
Local MP, Brexiteer Natalie Elphicke, this week called for government help to clear the roadblocks, but managed to do so without naming a key cause of the problem: Brexit.
And she is not alone. When a prime minister’s increasingly fragile power rests on the ridiculous notion that Brexit is something to celebrate, it becomes impossible for members of the ruling party to appreciate the myriad problems it creates.
And if a government can’t even acknowledge problems, how on earth can it start solving them?
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/britain-facing-staff-shortages-tories-27133961 "Britain struggles with staff shortages but Tories won't admit it's Brexit" - James O'Brien