‘I’m afraid I won’t be able to use a magic wand!’ Rishi Sunak denies any involvement with the empty shelves in the United Kingdom.
RISHI SUNAK reiterated that the government cannot “wave a magic wand” to repair the chaos in the supply chain that is devastating the UK and leaving store shelves bare.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that the government is doing all possible to “mitigate” shortages in the UK, from gasoline to food, but that the problem is global in scope, not just in the UK.
“What we are witnessing are disruptions in supply lines, issues in supply chains, not just here in the UK but globally,” Mr Sunak said.
“The reason for this is that many countries have been closed down, and economies have reopened very quickly everywhere.”
“And that is what has caused the disruption that we are seeing, and I understand how annoying it is for people.”
“Be assured, we are doing everything we can to reduce the parts of that that we can.”
“It’s not that you’re saying you’ll do nothing,” host Nick Robinson retorted, “but you’re saying ‘it’s not our fault if the shelves are bare.'”
“There are things we can and should do,” Mr Sunak blasted, “and sensible people expect us to do what we can.”
“And, of course, whether it’s short-term visas or speeding up HGV driver testing capacity, we should and are doing all of those things.”
“However, we can’t just wave a magic wand and solve all of the world’s supply chain problems!”