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UK government criticized for railway strikes, 40-year-high inflation

The British government on Wednesday came under fire as the country saw the highest inflation with 9.1% and the transport across the UK is on a standstill due to railway workers’ strike this week.

The opposition’s Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Transport Minister Grants Shapps did not do enough to stop the railway strikes, biggest in the last 30 years at the House of Commons during the prime minister’s questions session.

Johnson responded to criticism, saying his government is doing all it can to avoid the strikes, but it is up to the rail network’s managers to negotiate with the unions.

Johnson said 25 MPs joined the picket lines because the Labour Party takes £10 million ($12 million) from workers unions.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, questioned why the UK was doing worse than other European economies as the inflation in the country has reached the 40-year high.

Johnson said inflation has become a global problem.

Blackford said a fresh report shows how the Tories’ “disastrous Brexit” will make the country poorer, asking Johnson if he is to negotiate an economic agreement with the EU, or the country would go in recession.

Blackford has underestimated what the UK is achieving, Johnson responded.


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