Boris Johnson uses a keynote speech to talk about olives and bananas

Boris Johnson used a speech intended to reset his job as Prime Minister by talking about tariffs on olives and bananas.

The Prime Minister was due to speak in Blackpool, Lancashire, about what his government is doing to help bring more people onto the property ladder.

Johnson’s new program, he said, “would complete the property rights reforms that Margaret Thatcher began in the 1980s.”

Faced with the cost of living crisis, the prime minister said his government was “firmly on your side”.

Before talking about his housing plan, Johnson found time to talk about olives and bananas, which confused those at the event.

He said the government was on the side of British farmers and consumers.

Johnson added: “To my knowledge, we don’t grow many olives in this country – why do we have a tariff of 93p per kilo of Turkish olive oil?

“Why do we have a tariff on bananas? It’s a really amazing and versatile country, but as far as I know we don’t grow a lot of bananas, not even in Blackpool.

“We’re on your side, we’re on your side to pay the fuel bills, and not just with the cash help I announced earlier.”

Of his housing reforms, he said: “We will complete the property rights reforms that Margaret Thatcher started in the 1980s.

“End the absurd position where first time buyers spend all their life savings on flats only to find themselves being charged hundreds of pounds to paint their own doors or even unable to own a dog.”

These measures consist in particular of “dealing with the scourge of abusive rental clauses” which affect 4.6 million households.

“We will increase the ability for tenants to buy their own property,” he said, with discounts of up to 90% for those “trapped in huge and rising ground rents.”

Earlier today, Scottish House Secretary Shona Robison told the Record that the SNP government would reject any new right to buy plans.

She said almost half a million properties had been lost to the social rental sector in Scotland as a result of the “unsustainable” scheme.

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