This Morning: Nick Ferrari rants about ballet dancers being allowed
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On Friday’s This Morning, hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary were back to host the ITV programme. The duo invited Celebrity Gogglebox star Gyles Brandreth and LBC’s Nick Ferrari onto the show to discuss the latest news headlines. One of the main topics of discussion was the HGV driver shortages that are causing chaos across the country.
However, it didn’t take Nick long to launch into a rant about the driver shortage, as he pointed out ballerinas were allowed to enter the country from abroad, but HGV drivers were not.
Introducing the segment, Dermot began: “The petrol crisis. I don’t know where to go with this, chaps.
“Some petrol stations have reignited a row over the shortages in the UK. So, the fuel is there, but this is about the drivers essentially, isn’t it?
“So, how have we got ourselves into this situation and who can we blame?”
Gyles kicked off the debate by pointing out that the government is worried people will start panic buying as a result of the driver shortages.
When asked how the problem would be fixed, Nick weighed in: “Very easily, let’s put a number to it.
“Around 40,000 to 45,000 lorry drivers were not able to take their test during the pandemic so there is a shortage there.
“Around 20,000 lorry drivers were lost through Brexit, so we are about 65,000 to 70,000 drivers light.”
“How can it be solved?” he continued. “I will tell you that, Alison, in a heartbeat.
“As part of Brexit we have taken back control of our borders and we are allowed to allow certain professional jobs in.
“For instance, certain key medical personnel and you may be aware, ballerinas.
“We are allowing ballerinas to come into this country, but not lorry drivers.”
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“Now, I haven’t seen many ballerinas delivering petrol or diesel, but I would suggest the solution is in our own hands.
“If you believe the papers there is a heck of a row going on within the cabinet and Gyles is far closer to those areas than I ever will be.
“But you have one side saying, ‘Right, let’s put lorry drivers temporarily on this list so they can come back from Europe’.
“Where, it has to be said there is a shortage there. But they will come back, and they will probably make better money here in the UK.”
Nick concluded: “We need them for three, maybe six months to get over the hurdle but Kwasi Kwarteng says, ‘No, I don’t agree with that, that allows cheap labour’.
“We should be trying to assure British lorry drivers getting a better deal from better firms.
“I say solve the problem now, worry about the rest later down the line.”
Chipping in to agree with the LBC radio DJ, Gyles said: “The long-term solution Nick has touched on. I met this week, so it happens to be one of the biggest wholesalers of food in the country.
“They operate what they call a warehouse to wheels scheme, and they take people that work in their warehouses and train them up to be heavy goods drivers.
“That is the whole point,” he added.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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