Now on top of everything else, (fuel prices are soring, taxes are rising. council tax is set to go up 6%, food shortages, failing health service, more people arriving everyday, shortage of houses), we now have no petrol/diesel. Well that’s not strictly true, we have it in the refineries, what we don’t have is the lorry drivers to move the stuff quickly enough. This situation is being made worse by people panic buying, not only filling up their cars, bikes etc but also Jerry cans to take home and store, (I wonder if they are the same people who brought all the toilet rolls last time), and still the government will not take action, still Boris say’s there is nothing wrong and it will sort itself out. People are blaming Brexit and the pandemic and it is to a certain extent, but it is also down to lack of enough workers in places like the DVLA, who have a backlog of license’s waiting to be processed, many of them are licenses for HGV drivers. It is down to not having enough workers to pick the fruit and veg, I refuse to believe that there are no people claiming benefits that couldn’t be fast track trained to help process these HGV license, there must be enough unemployed young fit people who could pick fruit and veg.
It is also down to years of bad government decision, and sadly they seem to be making the same mistakes all over again, refusing to see the problems when they arise, leaving everything until it is past breaking point before doing anything and then doing very little. Taxes are having to go up to pay for the NHS which has had its budget cut for years along with social care and to pay the benefits of people with young families and the unemployed, and yet companies are being allowed to become automated, banks are pushing everyone onto online banking, (something I don’t do), job losses there. Supermarkets have put self-service tills in, one is even running a trail of no check outs at all. You are monitored as you shop, a computer records what you pick up and put in you bag and you walk out, the computer then takes the money from your bank account, more and more companies will only deal with you online, no face to face and a lot of the time not even a real person when you do ring. All these are job losses and while it may be cheaper for the company, computers DON’T pay tax.
Then there is the whole global warming issue, but that’s for another post.
I know it can’t be easy running a country, but how is it that the ‘man on the street’ can see the mistakes before they happen but the powers that be can’t?
That elderly gentleman’s words keep coming back to me, ‘The only way out of this is world war three’
A few year ago someone sent me a link to a youtube video, before Brexit was even though of (which I wish I had kept). It was one of those prediction things. In it, it said the world as we knew it would end in 2022, The UK would leave the EU and this would be the cause of another large war and climate change would finish off most of what was left. I couldn’t see then how we could leave the EU, but here we are. Well we don’t have to wait too long to see.[if this one ‘is the one’ which gets the end of the world right.