Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Don't panic

 I follow Truck and Driver on the twiiiteratta, just to keep in touch with my previous life. I used to buy all the truck magazines religiously, a habit which has been dropped by the wayside. Now I dip into a few online. 

Of course I am interested in the current so called crisis of fuel shortages, and watch with amusement the panic buying. This crisis was manufactured, as with every other crisis which kicks people's arses into action. Rumours spread like wildfire, a bit like Chinese Whispers. The trouble is that the clamour to get whatever there is a shortage of creates a tsunami of brain fogged individuals to follow each other like lemmings. This is what creates the shortage. People are so easily manipulated. 

The downside is that those who really need petrol and diesel, like the emergency services, health workers, key workers that keep the country and the economy moving, can't get it because the pumps are either blocked with two hour queues, or they have run dry completely. Tell someone there is a shortage of something and immediately everyone needs it. 

I had a little smile to myself when reading Truck and Driver tweeeets. Truck drivers are chipping in with their experiences. 

Car drivers blocking the lorry diesel pumps to fill up their cars. Oh dear. A pump designed to fill up a large HGV tank delivers the fuel at a much greater speed through a much wider nozzle. I can see some spillages.

Car drivers should not be filling from HGV pumps (maybe unless they can prove they are key workers?) during this nonsense. There's a safety issue here too, bet there's been a few folk covered in diesel

According to the AA, many more misfuel breakdowns are occurring because people are desperate to put anything in their tank. 

Report that the AA is inundated with misfuel breakdowns as people are just putting "any fuel" in out of desperation inc Adblue Folk have utterly lost the plot. Well, hope they started the engine and ran it, that'll keep them off the road for a while. 

Panicking people are screwing it for everybody. 

A tanker driver tells me this morning that now even they are struggling to get fuel. He said motorists are now queuing at HGV pumps, and he’s running low on diesel. Goes without saying that if even the tanker drivers can’t get fuel, we’re up the proverbial creek.

I didn't have any problems getting petrol while on holiday, and I used quite a lot for the 2,200 miles that I covered. No queue's no shortages. I did a late Aldi shop on Friday night, calling in at the nearby filling station at 10.15pm to fill up my quarter of a tank. Then it all kicked off. There is nowhere urgent that I have to go, so that will last me a few weeks. 

Notice a pattern here? Tell people that there isn't enough toilet paper and everyone wonders what they are going to wipe their arses with. Tell everyone that they won't be able to do anything or go anywhere without a health certificate and they will clamour to get jabbed. Ping everybody on their not so smart phones demanding that they isolate. Makes me wonder what the next scare tactic will be. 

Going to spend the rest of the day outside in the garden. More holiday pics later. Toodle pip.   ilona

Update.

A lot of lorry drivers are paid through an Umbrella Company, and not directly by the companies they work for. The biggest company, Giant Pay, has just reported that they have been the victim of a cyber attack, and that a lot of drivers have been left unpaid this month. A couple of notes from Sky News web site. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes here than we are being told. 

Rebecca Seeley Harris, a former adviser to the Office of Tax Simplification, told Sky News that the IR35 tax changes moved the responsibility for making tax assessments to the client, which drove a lot of employers to move their payroll to "umbrellas" such as Giant Pay.

Ms Seeley Harris, who is campaigning for the fair regulation of the umbrella industry - which sits between the contractor (the driver) and the client (for instance, Tesco) and invoices the client on the contractor's behalf - warns that it is largely unregulated at the moment.

15 comments:

  1. Wasn't this all predicted? there's more where this came from.
    Briony
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    1. Yes, predicted, and I would say engineered.

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  2. Definitely engineered - almost day by day. What an unholy mess.

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    1. What do you do when you are overstocked with something? You tell people there is a shortage which creates panic buying. Electric cars are the future so it seems.

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  3. Yes, people seem to be so easily manipulated. We are seeing your petrol 'shortages' on our News and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if people started rushing for petrol here.

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  4. There have been queues here in Devon but garages have had deliveries every day. OH managed to fill up with diesel this morning as my daughter who lives 100 miles away is a single parent with a broken arm and needs help. We weren't going to bother filling up until the garages are running normally until she had the accident. People should think if they really need a full tank before rushing to the pumps and depriving essential workers like doctors nurses ambulances etc.

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  5. A question has appeared on tweeeetering. What is the fuel crisis hiding? What are we being distracted from?

    When one crisis is wearing thin and people move away from the initial panic stages they become complacent and return to their former life in the hope that normality returns. Don't rest on your laurels, another crisis is around the corner. Another distraction will emerge, to elevate the sense of fear. It's a continuous loop. Check out Justin Barrett leader of the Irish National Party. He has his finger on the pulse. It's all about money.

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  6. Protesters are once again blocking a roundabout onto the M25. Let's see if any of them are arrested. The police seem to be treating them with kid gloves. The plan is to stop people from driving. Can't get fuel, and roads blocked.

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  7. did try not to laugh , i talk to our local garage owner online , its a bit out of the way so as he said hes sold more fuel than usual but they havent been queing down the road , sunday night he hatched a cunning plan he had a delivery for monday but still had loads of fuel in his tanks . he posted on the local towns facebook page that he had fuel available after seeing that everyone was headless chickening over all their garages selling out . Yes you guessed it Sunday night they were queing down road and he stayed open till it was all sold . Nice little bonus for him and he still had fuel first thing Monday

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    1. Very astute business man, ha ha. Create a shortage and watch them come flocking.

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  8. I remember in 1973 that fuel ration books were issued in the UK during the oil crisis. I don't remember actually using them. What's that song say? "When will they ever learn..." (Where Have All The Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger) Glad I don't have a car any longer, and don't live in the UK. I chose the "hell hole" that is Australia instead. Ha ha!

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  9. A lot of the problem is the media. Channel 5 an hour long programme. Nothing sells papers/gets ratings like scaremongering. plus no doubt twitter/facebook is going mad.

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    1. And the wider problem is that the media is available to everyone at the touch of the button or a swipe of the screen.

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  10. This was all whipped up by the media who must be laughing as they watched people fighting in the petrol stations. How satisfactory this is for the Government, who now know exactly how to control us.
    My neighbour, who works for Sainsberrry's, told me that yesterday people couldn't get into the store itself as the queue for petrol was blocking the road. Eventually, the store manager closed the petrol station but £30,000 worth of unsold fresh food had to be thrown away by the store.

    Amanda, Sussex

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    1. I would be happy if there was a total blackout of the internet. I would give up all electronic communications if I thought it would help to bring down the globalists. But sadly a piss in the ocean will not make one iota of difference. They march on relentlessly destroying our lives. All I can do is add my voice to the injustice of it all.

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