Blog: Bureaucracy to blame for shortages – not Brexit – Express

It would be unacceptable for another Christmas to be wrecked because of a lack of preparation and another mishap with government organisation.

So the issue of lorry drivers and a lack of people to transport the goods we need is very concerning. It is clear that thousands of drivers need to be recruited.

But let us take a breath.This is not – as fanatical europhiles claim – due to Brexit.

The reality is that the processes of distributing HGV licences need to be speeded up and the training needs to be made more accessible. It is time to start reducing the bureaucracy.

Added to that, we need to consider the work and conditions of people expected to drive HGVs. In the days of EU membership employers were too happy to see cheap labour from poorer parts of Europe as an alternative to paying people properly or giving them decent facilities.

If freedom from the EU should give us one legacy, it is not a shortage of labour but an improvement in the lives of the people who get this country moving.


West need not live in fear

After the depressing scenes from Kabul last month it is easy to take the view that the West and its ideals of democracy are somehow in retreat.

There was also a sense of futility in the last two decades of trying to tackle the problems in Afghanistan and the Taliban, with its support for terrorist groups.

But we should heed the Churchillian words of Boris Johnson as we mark 20 years since the 9/11 attacks, which sparked the Afghan venture.

He is right to point that those terrorists failed in their mission to make the West “live in fear”.

We should also never forget the 2,977 victims of the atrocity on that terrible day.

Britain and its allies need to remain vigilant against these continued threats from extremism.

But as the Prime Minister says: “The fact that we are coming together today – in sorrow but also in faith and resolve – demonstrates the failure of terrorism and the strength of the bonds between us.”


Good luck, Emma

The whole country will be united today in wishing 18-year-old Emma Raducanu all the best in her quest to win the final of the US Open.

For one so young, the tennis player has had a remarkable journey and is clearly going to be a star for years to come.

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