Boris pays the price for energy crisis and Afghan mess: Keir Starmer reaches ‘best prime minister’ level for the first EVER as Labor support spikes and Tories slump
- Boris Johnson sees ‘best prime minister’ rating slump amid energy and Afghan chaos
- He is level with Keir Starmer, the first time for a Labor leader since 2008
- Downing Street will be alarmed that the poll was done before the fuel buying panic began
Boris Johnson appears to be paying the price for the energy crisis and chaos in Afghanistan, as a poll today showed Keir Starmer has reached the ‘Best Prime Minister’ level for the first time.
As the country grapples with fuel shortages and rising prices, research by Ipsos MORI found that Mr Johnson has seen his popularity plummet.
He is now neck and neck with Sir Keir on 38 percent of the Prime Minister’s preferences – the first time a Labor leader has been on par with a Tory since 2008.
Mr Johnson’s rating fell from 47 percent in March, and in another sign that will set alarm bells ringing in Downing Street, the investigation was done last week before the fuel buying panic really kicked in.
Overall support for Labor was six points higher than in August, while the Tories fell two points to 39 percent.
The results, in a poll for the Evening Standard, are a timely boost for Sir Keir as he tries to get to grips with his party at the annual conference in Brighton.
Boris Johnson is now neck and neck with Keir Starmer at 38 percent preferred for Prime Minister – the first time a Labor leader has been on par with a Tory since 2008
Johnson (pictured by his young son Wilfred in a car in Downing Street today) saw his rating fall from 47 percent in March.
Ministers are looking for a way to alleviate the problems caused by a lack of truck drivers and rising natural gas prices.
Tens of thousands of Britons are working from home today as the fuel crisis left up to nine in ten filling stations empty, leaving NHS staff, including doctors and nurses, out of petrol and schools making plans to return to online learning as teachers don’t use their cars can refuel.
The British Medical Association (BMA) called for priority access to fuel for health and essential workers, warning that if pumps run dry ‘there is a real risk that NHS staff will not be able to do their job’.
Drivers queued for four hours or more in miles and miles and some even slept in their cars outside petrol stations as it was revealed Boris Johnson could enlist the military to deliver petrol and diesel across Britain amid a crisis in which competition laws have been suspended to allow companies like Shell and BP to share drivers.
But his plan to bring in 5,000 foreign truck drivers to tackle the shortfall was dealt a major blow after the head of an EU truck union declared they “will not go to the UK on a short-term visa to help the UK out of trouble.” . they created it themselves’. Edwin Atema, who represents drivers across the EU and Europe, said: “Before the coronavirus crisis and Brexit, this industry was already sick. Plagued by expectation, by irresponsible multinationals dragging prices down, ultimately leading drivers to vote with their feet and leave the industry.”
Britain’s biggest petrol retailers have said they expect the crisis to ease over the next three days because once people have a full tank of fuel, demand for fuel is likely to decline on Thursday or Friday. And Downing Street again denied there is a fuel shortage, saying there are “sufficient supplies in this country.”
But while the prime minister considered contingency plans to end the petrol panic, Environment Minister George Eustice said the government “has no plans at the moment” to use soldiers to operate petrol tankers while there are ongoing shortages at petrol stations.
The results are a timely boost for Sir Keir as he tries to get to grips with Labor at the party’s annual conference in Brighton