Britons are fatter than most in the rest of Europe, says Johnson

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

He said he aims to "get businesses to be confident, to start investing, to start taking people back on and start creating new jobs and driving new growth", Sky News reported.

Johnson, who lost two stone after contracting coronavirus and being admitted to intensive care in April, had formerly opposed strict measures such as the sugar levy. "I am feeling very well, yes thank you, again thanks to our National Health Service", he said.

STIG ABELL: You were very honest.

In some parts of the country, including Yorkshire, East Midlands and the South West, investment per person is still less than half that seen in London, Labour said.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks with year 10 pupil Vedant Jitesh during a visit to the construction site of Ealing Fields High School in west London Monday

A £1 billion cash injection to schools in England pledged by Boris Johnson is a "tiny, tiny step in the right direction" according to one headteacher.

"This has been a disaster, let's not mince our words, this has been an absolute nightmare for the country", he said.

He added: "If you could put up Nightingale hospitals - a good thing to do - you can certainly put up temporary classrooms, you can certainly take over libraries, community centres".

"But in the end what you can't do at this moment is go back to what people called austerity, it wasn't actually austerity but people called it austerity, and I think that would be a mistake".

"I think the prime minister has been asleep at the wheel, he has been slow, the comms, the communications has been bad", Starmer told ITV.

"What we're going to be doing in the next few months, is really doubling down on our initial agenda, which was all about infrastructure, in education, in technology, to bring the country together", he said.

Despite the gloomy economic outlook, Johnson said it would be "a mistake" to return to the austerity of previous Conservative governments, which since 2010 have cut public spending in an attempt to lower a national debt that was swollen by the 2008 global financial crisis. Billion pound package going into- into schools.

Johnson promised a "Rooseveltian approach", invoking the New Deal policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that helped wrench the United States out of the Great Depression.

STIG ABELL: [INAUDIBLE] have to balance the books at some point.

As the United Kingdom emerges from a three-month lockdown, Johnson has lined up big-money pledges on schools, housing and infrastructure, in an attempt to move on from an outbreak that has left more than 43,000 Britons dead - the worst confirmed death toll in Europe.

"Had there been work on this from the day the schools closed down, I genuinely think we could have had all our children back in school by now, but the Government was asleep at the wheel, didn't get to this until too late in the day, and now we're in the situation where children will be able to do other things this weekend, but not be in school on Monday". I think it matters.

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