Planet Normal: 'I don't envy Boris Johnson one bit' says Lord Bamford

Liam Halligan
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Listen to Planet Normal, a weekly podcast with news and views from beyond the bubble, on the audio player below
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Planet Normal - 22nd October
Planet Normal - 22nd October

Chairman of JCB, Anthony Bamford, has said that he believes the Prime Minister has dealt well with the coronavirus pandemic and that he doesn't envy him "one bit" for having to deal with an unprecedented situation. 

The long-standing Conservative donor said "don't forget there's no living Prime Minister, or President for that matter, that's gone through this". 

Lord Bamford also told Liam Halligan on the Telegraph's Planet Normal podcast, which you can listen to easily on the audio player above, that "of course the government will have made mistakes as time has gone along, and they could still be making some mistakes but that in the main, I think he's done a very good job" and that Boris Johnson is "a great Prime Minister".

Boris Johnson drives home his message at the JCB factory last year - Julian Simmonds
Boris Johnson drives home his message at the JCB factory last year - Julian Simmonds

Boris Johnson famously drove a "Get Brexit Done" branded JCB through a polystyrene wall on his campaign trail last year. 

On Brexit, Lord Bamford says "it looks as though, to me, a deal will be done, but common sense doesn’t necessarily come into politics".

Also on the podcast: Allison and Liam discuss how some Northern leaders are raring to tell the PM to sod off over coronavirus restrictions, and whether coronavirus could have a surprising positive impact on Brexit trade talks. 

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Join Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan to discuss the latest Planet Normal episode in the comments section of this article at 11am on Thursday 22 October.