Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said the expression “f*** business” – which Boris Johnson allegedly once declared – is now the “organising principle” of the Prime Minister’s Government
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Boris Johnson’s “totally disrespectful” Peppa Pig speech to business chiefs may have jeopardised foreign investment in Britain, Labour has warned.
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said “f*** business” – as the Prime Minister was once alleged to have said – was now the “organising principle” of his Government.
She believed his much-derided address to the Confederation of British Industry last week was the “final straw for a lot of businesses”.
The Labour frontbencher said the “bumbling” speech, which saw him lose his place in his notes, impersonate a car and talk about a visit to Peppa Pig World, would play badly with business leaders and investors.
They would see “somebody in charge of this country who has no idea what’s going on”, said Ms Reeves.
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“The Prime Minister said a couple of years ago ‘f*** business’, and we thought that was just a quip, but it turns out to be, I think, the organising principle of this Government, and the disrespect that he showed towards business in his speech on Monday, I think, is the final straw for a lot of businesses who are fed up of the complacency and the disregard that the Prime Minister and this Government are treating them with,” fumed Ms Reeves.
“I think it was very disrespectful, the Prime Minister’s speech – not on top of his brief, bumbling around, and he may think it’s funny and part of his persona, but people who are making decisions about hiring, investing and what country to do that in, I think would… go away, just thinking that we’ve got somebody in charge of this country who has no idea what’s going on.
“It does call into question his judgment and his seriousness for the role that he occupies.”
The Peppa Pig row comes amid growing rumblings among Tory MPs about Mr Johnson’s leadership.
But, asked if the PM was “still an election winner” who will lead the party into the next poll, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Sky News: “Yes, absolutely, and let me tell you why, because we are delivering our promises.”