Yes, by yourself. Who hasn’t used anything since filling up the petrol tank on Saturday and doesn’t drive much this week?
It’s clear who the government blames – and it’s us. In a sense, the minister is right. “People buy when they don’t need gasoline,” says Administrator of the Environment George Eustice. Obviously, consumer hoarding is a short-term cause of empty fuel pumps.
But this was not a crisis confessed by the driver or the media. It was a predictable result of other decisions and decision failures. Blame the driver conveniently forgets other factors:
- The government has always ignored warnings about the exacerbation of the supply chain crisis caused by too few HGV drivers (about 100,000 too few). The transportation industry was unable to confront the crisis by persuading older drivers to return home.
- The DVLA backlog for testing the new HGV driver went out of control during the pandemic and currently 40,000 people are waiting for testing.
- About 14,000 European truck drivers have left the UK last year after Brexit. The driver’s condition here is notorious, especially for the lack of roadside toilets and showers.
- When the petrol pump crisis began, the minister rode a broadcast wave without a clear policy to fix it … and told the public not to panic-buy in their car to panic-buy. It is certain to send millions.
- During the weekend, No 10 seemed reluctant to call on the Army to help deliver fuel.
- The government was also not transient on the idea of seducing some of those European truck drivers, as more store shelves were left exposed for months.
Still, Brexit won 52-48 with the idea of sovereignty. It is the desire of the government at the time to expand its freedom to set its own rules on immigration to meet the needs of the times.
Ironically, the government, led by Brexiteer, felt he couldn’t pull all the livers freely for fear of eating a humble pie.
I have a clean conscience, but the tank is sitting red. I can probably work for another two days. For a keyboard warrior like me, it’s a problem, if not a catastrophe. It will be difficult to work in the news room.
Many caretakers, police, doctors, teachers, merchants, infrastructure workers, etc. are running in the haze and can’t find a place to fill. There is no shortage of fuel in the UK, but tell them.