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tv   British Prime Minister Delivers Party Conference Speech  CSPAN  October 6, 2021 4:26pm-4:45pm EDT

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campbell with women in white coats. at 5:00 p.m., the kansas democratic representative talks about her book, a native kid becomes a congressman. watch book tv's coverage of the 21st annual national book festival sunday at 2:00 p.m. eastern on book tv on c-span2. announcer: up next, british prime minister boris johnson's keynote address in manchester, england. this is 45 minutes.
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prime minister boris johnson: thank you. let's get on with the job. good morning. isn't that amazing to be back in person? the first time since many of you won. the conservatives have never won before. it is the first time since the general election of 2019, when we finally did that. and why is it we are back today for a traditional conservative
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fight? we have had one of the most open economies. on july 19, we decided to open every single theater and every concert hall and nightclub in england, and we knew that some people would still be anxious, though we sent top government representatives to show that anyone could dance safely, and wasn't he brilliant? let's hear it. [laughter] [cheers and applause] let's hear it for jon bon jovi, living proof, living proof of proof that we represent the most hip, happening party in the
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world. how have we managed to open up ahead of so many of our friends? you know the answer, the rollout of that vaccine, a u.k. phenomenon, magic potion invented, bubbled, and sent to centers everywhere. i saw the army in action, find staple guns as they set up a huge vaccination center. i saw the needles go in like a collective sewing machine. the vaccinated so rapidly that we were able to do those crucial groups, the oldest and most vulnerable, faster than any other age or economy in the world. end of the disease has sadly not gone away, the impact, the impact on death rates has been
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astonishing. i urge you all to do that. every day it is stronger and stronger. all of you and everybody watching coming made this rollout possible. you made each other safer, so perhaps we should all thank each other. go on. try it. [applause] you can try a cautious fist bump . it is ok now. we, in turn, thank the volunteers, workers, pharmacists, but above all, our unbeatable, unbelievable nhs. [applause] and as a responsible conservative government, we must
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recognize the scale of their achievement, but also the scale of the challenge ahead. when i was lying in hospital last year, i looked out my window at a hole in the ground between the icu and the much older victorian section, and amid the rubble of bricks, they seem to be digging a hole for someone, something, or indeed, someone, possibly me. [laughter] but the nhs saved me and pulled my chestnuts out of that pit. i went back on the visit the other day and i saw the hole had been filled in with three or four gleaming stories of a new pediatric unit, and there you have a metaphor, my friends, for how we must build back better now. we have a hole in the public finances.
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we spent 407,000,000,000 pounds on covid support, and our debt is now over 2,000,000,000,000 pounds, and the waiting lists will certainly go up before they come down. covid pushed out the great wave of cases. people did not could not seek help. that wave is now coming back, the tide of anxiety washing into every one, her hip replacement, her mother's surgery. this is the priority of the british people. does anybody seriously imagine we should not be raising the funding to sort this out? is that really the view of responsible conservatives? i can tell you something, margaret thatcher would not have ignored the media right that has just crashed through the public finances. she would've wagged her finger and said, more borrowing now is just higher interest rates and even higher taxes later. when this country was sick, our
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nhs, front-line care workers battled against the new disease was selfless, risking lives, sacrificing their lives, and it is right for this party that has looked after the nhs for most of its history should rise to the challenge, 48 hospitals, 60,000 nurses in the 50 million appointments. 14 new diagnostic centers, and fixing those backlogs with real change, because the pandemic not only put colossal pressure on the nhs, it was the illumination of a problem we have failed to address for decades. in 1948, this country, at the national health service, but kept social care local, and generations of older people have found themselves lost in the gap. when covid broke, the 100,000
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beds in the nhs and 30,000 occupied by people who could have been covered for elsewhere -- cared for elsewhere, and we know the problem of play discharges one reason why takes too long to get the hospital treatments that your family display needs. they will be the one in 10 to suffer from the potentially catastrophic costs of dementia, wiping out everything they have been preventing them from passing on anything to their families. we conservatives stand by those who have shared our values, thrift and hard work, and who faced total destitution in this brutal lottery of old age, in which treatment for cancer is funded by the state, and care for alzheimer's is only partly. and to fix these twin problems of the nhs and social care, we will not just life in taxes into
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crucial services without improving performance, we will use new technology so there is a single set of electronic records that patients pass between entities and ensure cash goes to the frontline, and not on needless bureaucracy. [applause] when i stood on the steps -- [applause] when i stood on the steps of downing street, i promise to fix this crisis. after decades of drift, reforming government, this can-do government that got brexit done, the vaccine rollout done, we will get social care done, and deal with the biggest underlying issues of our economy and society. i mean the long-term structural weaknesses in the u.k. economy. it is thanks to the vaccine rollout that we
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have the most open economy and the fastest growth in the g7. we have unemployment -- [applause] we have unemployment 2 million lower than forecast, demand surging, and after more than a decade of stagnation, wages are going up faster than before the pandemic again, and that matters deeply, because we are embarking on a change of direction that has been long overdue in the u.k. economy. we are not going back to the same broken model, low wages, growth, and productivity, assisted by uncontrolled immigration. the answer to the present stresses, which are mainly a function of growth and economic revival, is not to reach for that same old lever of uncontrolled immigration, keep
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wages low. the answer is to control immigration and allow people caliber to come to this country, but not to use immigration as an excuse for failure to invest in people, skills, and the equipment, facilities, machinery. [applause] the machinery or facilities they need to do their job, the truck stops, to pick an example at random with basic facilities we don't have to urinate in the bushes. that is the direction in which this country is going now, towards high-skilled, and thereby a low-tax economy. that is with the people of this country need and deserve. [applause] in which everyone can take pride in their work and in the quality
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of their work. yes, it will take time, and sometimes difficult, but that is the change people voted for in 2016, and that is the change people voted for again powerfully in 2019. to deliver that change, we will get on with our job of uniting and leveling out across the u.k. , the greatest project any government can embark on. we have one of the most imbalanced societies and lopsided economies of all the richer countries. it's not just a gap in london and the rest of the country, there are 18 gaps within the regions themselves. what are they applying there, what are they eating that they live longer than the people blackpool 33 miles away, why does half of york posed a degree, and that is not just a
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question of social justice. it is a waste of potential bet is holding this country back. [applause] because there is no reason why the inhabitants of one part of the country should be geographically poorer than others, or people should move away from their loved ones or communities to reach their potential. when he stood in the country churchyard in 1750 and wrote his famous elegy, he lamented the wasted balance of those buried around him, the flowers, the muted glories milton who never wrote a poem they gupta,, this
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got to read. maybe you know, where was he standing when he chewed his pensive quail? anybody know? correct. thank you. [laughter] [applause] my friends, there may be underprivileged part of our country, but it is not among them. the daily telegraph said it is the eighth richest in in england, one of the most productive regions in all of europe. it may have its problems, but they are overwhelmingly caused by other people who live in or near. overcrowded trains, endless commutes, to time with kids, the constant exciting that your view
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will be desecrated by ugly new homes. that is why leveling up works for the whole country, and it is the right and responsible policy. it takes pressure off the southeast, while offering hope and opportunities to those areas that have felt left behind. let's be clear that there is a huge philosophical difference between them. in their souls come they don't like leveling out. they like leveling down. [laughter] [applause] they, they like, they like decapitating them and taxing them. they like to run races where
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nobody actually wins. [laughter] i don't think that is a good preparation for life, let alone the olympic games. [applause] and if you insist on the economic theory behind leveling up, it is contained in a 19th century italian figure who floated from the attic of my memories. there are all kinds of improvements you can make to people's lives without diminishing everyone else. we call these improvements that are the means of leveling up, and the idea in a nutshell as you will find talent, flair, imagination, enthusiasm everywhere in this country, all evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.
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it is our mission as conservatives to promote opportunities with every tool we have. it is still a grim fact that in this country -- [applause] that's right. it is all about opportunity, but still a grim fact that in this country some kids will grow up in neighborhoods that are much safer than others, and some will be sucked into gains mad risk of stabbing and shooting, some will get caught in the criminal justice system. many others will not. that is why leveling up is putting more police on the beat, toughening sentences, rolling up the county lines, drugs networks , giving the police to fight
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these dealers. that is what we want to do. they want to decriminalize her drugs and let the gangs -- announcer: we will leave this program to take you live to the senate judiciary committee hearing. they are examining the voting rights act of 2021. live coverage here on c-span. >> unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats at doj to make decisions at the expense of local officials. as the leader of the civil rights division, i would like to give you a chance to respond to those criticisms. i think they were raised before the break, and i'm not sure you had a chance to respond in detail. ms. clarke: thank you, senator. the department finds the john lewis voting rights advancement back contains a number of


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