Why is it that politicians, the media, and business for that matter, never learn? So there are fuel strikes at the moment in terms of supply. This is because Shell drivers are striking over pay, and there appears to be the likelihood for secondary action by other delivery drivers from other fuel companies. The thing is, currently at least, the fuel companies are saying that there is enough fuel available on the forecourt to go round and ride out the first strike action.
So what do the Government do? They let it be known that the Army is on standby to deliver whilst simulatneously issuing a "don't panic buy petrol" statement. At what point did they not realise that 'crowds' are like children and telling them not do something is probably the quickest way to ensure they do. Thus we have news this morning that pumps are running dry and the Government will issue rationing orders if another strike occurs.
Mind you, there is a nice 1970's feeling to all this isn't there? We have a Government that has increased tax to astronomical proportions, both direct and indirect. Inflation, especially in the cost of food, is out of control. The housing market is crashing, and there are strikes on the horizon that are threatening to bring the country to a griding halt. On the plus side, I filled the car up to the top yesterday, so I'm alright!