UK pledges ‘Roo­sevel­tian’ re­sponse to virus cri­sis

Bri­tain has gone through a pro­found shock, says prime min­is­ter

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Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son said on Mon­day the coro­n­avirus cri­sis needed the type of mas­sive eco­nomic re­sponse US pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt mo­bi­lized to deal with the Great De­pres­sion.

John­son told The Times news­pa­per’s new ra­dio sta­tion that Bri­tain was head­ing for “bumpy times” as it strug­gles through its big­gest eco­nomic con­trac­tion on record. He in­tends to un­veil a spend­ing pro­gram in a speech on Tues­day his of­fice has sim­ply dubbed “build, build, build.”

“I think this is the mo­ment for a Roo­sevel­tian ap­proach to the UK,” said John­son. “I re­ally think the in­vest­ment will pay off.”

Roo­sevelt launched the New Deal pro­gram in the 1930s that cre­ated a com­pre­hen­sive so­cial care sys­tem whose legacy lives on to this day.

The first part of John­son’s ini­tia­tive ear­marks £1 bil­lion ($1.2 bil­lion) for school re­pairs.

“The coun­try has gone through a pro­found shock,” he said.

“We re­ally want to build back bet­ter, to do things dif­fer­ently, to in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture, trans­port, broad­band — you name it.” John­son won an im­pres­sive 80-seat ma­jor­ity in De­cem­ber by

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