The Welsh Liberal Democrats have hit out at the Conservatives after Prime Minister Boris Johnson used their Welsh Party conference to suggest that free markets will eventually sort out the cost-of-living crisis themselves.
During his speech at the party conference in Newtown, Powys, Prime Minister Johnson stated:
“Everyone can see what’s happening, the cost of fuel pumps, the price of food, the cost of energy, we all know how tough it is and how tough it can be.”
“Of course we’re going to get through this and the markets will eventually adjust and new supply will come on and prices will come down again.”
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have accused the party of lazily accepting sky-high inflation as a given and not doing enough to help those struggling to make ends meet.
Commenting Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader and Senedd Member Jane Dodds said:
“Boris Johnson has come here to Powys today, an area of Wales which had sky-high fuel poverty levels even before the recent price hikes, simply to tell people that the Conservatives think the markets will eventually sort themselves out.
“It is simply unacceptable and lazy for the Conservative Party to think this crisis will solve itself. What does his party plan on offering to those who are really struggling right now?
“In France, inflation is at 4.8 percent compared to 9% here in the UK, thanks in part to energy price caps introduced by the French Government. For the Conservatives to continuously suggest there is little they can do is simply untrue.
“While Boris Johnson and the Conservatives bury their heads in the sand, the Welsh Liberal Democrats will keep campaigning for real action that will help people through these difficult times including cutting VAT and pushing for a windfall tax on the super-profits of energy companies to fund improved support for those struggling to pay energy bills.”