Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sparked criticism for appearing to dismiss statistics on life expectancy and cancer death rates when talking about his plan to “level up” Britain.
Johnson made the remarks during an interview with political correspondent Luke Walton on BBC Look North while he was discussing what the term – used in the Tory manifesto when Johnson was elected leader – means for the North of England.
The program reported an increase in child poverty in the northeast, while thousands will be affected by the government’s decision to cut back Universal Credit payments by £20 per week, it said.
Johnson stated that the government would be implementing the recommendations during the interview. “of course”Provide assistance to families in need and add how the northeast can help. “incredible prospects.”
Walton tells Johnson that critics have described the government’s “levelling up”Plans as an “empty slogan”Because “there is no way of actually measuring it.”
Johnson interjects and informs the reporter he has just given him examples. Johnson then interjects, telling the reporter that he had just given him examples. “the northeast is still the only part of the UK which is a net exporter”Listened off new investments, including the port at Teesside. “mega investments coming in from Nissen”The Envision gigafactory, as well as the Darlington economic campus.
Walton admits Johnson gave examples of businesses to Walton, but before he can continue his line of questioning Johnson begins talking again. His comments have caused outrage online.
“I’ve given you the most important metric, which is – never mind life expectancy, never mind, you know, cancer outcomes – look at wage growth,”He said.
“Wage growth is now being experienced faster by those on lower incomes,”He added that Walton could be heard saying the same thing. “in the short-term.”
“You say that, but it hasn’t happened fpr ten years or more and that is what I mean by levelling up,”Johnson replied.
People have expressed their disgust at the Prime Minister since the interview was broadcast yesterday. They accuse him of showing an inhumane behavior. “outrageous”It is not important to consider the health of British citizens.
Angela Rayner, Deputy Labour Leader, was one of the many opposition party members who shared the clip.
Labour MP for Leicester South Jon Ashworth shared this grave statistic to emphasize the importance life expectancy, and cancer outcomes. “If cancer incidence and survival rates across the poorest matched the wealthier there would be 19,000 fewer deaths per year.”
He also added: “Life & death matters.”
Another Labour MP, this time Wansbeck’s Ian Lavery, described Johnson’s comments as a “ghastly appalling disregard for our people.”
Meanwhile, other people also shared their anger at Johnson’s quote and pointed out that a decent wage is no use if you’re already six feet under.
According to government figures, the life expectancy of men has dropped for the first time in records. According to Macmillan Cancer Support more than half a billion cancer patients are not receiving essential healthcare support because of severe staff shortages in the NHS.
Walton asks Johnson to commit to being judged in the next election about whether or not his government can bring down unemployment in the region.
“I want to see jobs created in the northeast,”Walton insists on a “yes or no” answer to this question, as the prime minister said.
“I will tell you something, the whole government will work its guts out to achieve that.”Johnson replied.
That’s not the yes or no answer Walton was looking for…