The UK’s PM Boris Johnson has vowed to transform the United Kingdom, arguing that the coronavirus ‘plague’ has made it necessary to usher in sweeping economic and social changes.
He promised on Tuesday to reshape Britain from the difficulties of the coronavirus crisis, saying he would build more new homes, improve education, fight crime and boost the green economy.
Speaking about his own difficult battle with Covid-19 as a metaphor for improving Britain, he said: “We’ve been through too much frustration and hardship just to settle for the status quo and to think that life can go on as it was before the plague.”
“It will not, because history teaches us that events of this magnitude, wars, famines, plagues, events that affect the vast bulk of humanity, as this virus has, they don’t just come and go … We can’t now define the mission of this country as merely to restore normality. That isn’t good enough.”
Hitting back at critics who say he has both lost control of the coronavirus pandemic in Britain and struggled personally since suffering from COVID-19, Johnson said suggestions he had lost his “mojo” was “self-evident drivel”.
“The kind of seditious propaganda that you’d expect from people who don’t want this government to succeed, who wanted to stop us delivering Brexit and all our other manifesto pledges,” he said, adding he was sticking with a diet after losing 26 pounds.
The PM said the Covid ‘plague’ should be used as a springboard to a better world and pointed to wars, famines and other catastrophes throughout history, noting that events that affect the “vast bulk of humanity” don’t simply “come and go” but instead often act as a “trigger for the acceleration of social and economic change.”
As part of his plan to “build back greener,” the UK prime minister said that the country would turn to offshore wind power for its electricity, claiming that converting to wind energy would help the island nation reach its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
According to Johnson, a “dynamic recovery” from pandemic will “spread opportunity more widely and fairly.”
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