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Is the UK in 1970's-style crisis? Johnson says: 'No' - Metro US

Is the UK in 1970’s-style crisis? Johnson says: ‘No’

FILE PHOTO: Out of use petrol and diesel pumps are pictured at a Shell fuel station in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied on Tuesday that Britain was in crisis due to a shortage of labour or that it was facing a 1970s-style inflationary spiral.

Johnson said that businesses had mainlined on low-wage imported labour for nearly 25 years and that they should now pay their workers more and invest more.

Asked by BBC radio if the United Kingdom was in crisis, Johnson said: “No. I think that on the contrary, what you are seeing with the UK economy and indeed the global economy is very largely in the supply chains the stresses and strains you would expect from a giant waking up and that is what is happening.”

He added however that businesses need to spend more.

“What you saw in the last 20 years or more, almost 25 years, has been an approach whereby business of many kinds, was able to mainline low wage, low cost, immigration for a very long time,” Johnson said.

Asked if the United Kingdom was heading for a 1970s-style inflationary spiral, he said: “I don’t think that the problem will present itself in that way and I think actually that this country’s natural ability to sort out its logistics and supply chains is very strong.”

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton and Kylie MacLellan)

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