The words affixed to the prime minster’s podium as he delivered his speech in Dudley summed up his theme: “Build, build, build.” Boris Johnson presented public infrastructure investment – new roads, bridges, homes, rail lines etc – as one of the most important components of his post-Covid economic recovery plan.

The word “build” featured 32 times in the speech. “We will build, build, build,” proclaimed Johnson.

“Build back better, build back greener, build back faster.”

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