Asked about warnings of the imminent slaughter and incineration of up to 120,000 pigs because of labour shortages across the UK, Johnson initially argued that this was no different from what normally happened to livestock.
Speaking to BBC One’s Andrew Marr show, he said: “I hate to break it to you, Andrew, but I’m afraid our food processing industry does involve killing a lot of animals, that is the reality. Your viewers need to understand that. That’s just what happens.
When Marr pointed out that it would be different, as in this instance the pigs would not be butchered for food and the farmers would receive no income, Johnson said this was part of a wider transformation of the economy post-Brexit.
If I may say so, the great hecatomb of pigs that you describe has not yet actually taken place. Let’s see what happens,” he said.
What we can’t do … in all these sectors is simply go back to the tired, failed old model, reach for the lever called ‘uncontrolled immigration’, get people in at low wages. And yes, there will be a period of adjustment, but that is, I think, what we need to see in this country.
Vile, isn’t it? Not only the patronising tone of his remarks to Marr but his callousness and his notion that low wages are the fault of hard-working people.
No mention of the monster profitable retail organisations who peddle cheap meat from intensive and cruel factory farms, pay employees minimum wage while their directors are paid at a rate of several million a year, retire at 55 to play golf and tennis and are rewarded with knighthoods to boot.
The whole system needs a reboot with regard to food chain, animal welfare and employment practices.
Johnson’s words also remind me of his equally callous utterings about the elderly and Covid:
I must say I have been slightly rocked by some of the data on Covid fatalities. The median age is 82 to 81 for men 85 for women, the messages read.
That is above life expectancy. So get Covid and live longer. Hardly anyone under 60 goes into hospital (four per cent) and of those virtually all survive.
And I no longer buy all this NHS overwhelmed stuff. Folks, I think we may need to recalibrate. There are max 3m in this country aged over 80. It shows we don’t go for nationwide lockdown.
So what if some pigs die? So what if some elderly people die? seems to be his mantra. Reprehensible man.