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  • Boris, Brexit, or bad timing? Why are we running out of stuff?

    Nationwide fuel shortages have gripped the nation this past week and sent many of us on a frenzied drive-by search for a petrol station that isn’t closed.

    Statements have been issued by certain suppliers, such as BP, saying; ‘There are no fuel shortages in the UK. However, due to panic buying a third of our stations are now left empty.’’ Although released to calm the nation it does raise the question as to how, if there are no shortages, we have ended up in this situation.

    One suggested theory is that it may be caused by Boris Johnson’s extreme interpretation of Brexit: the introduction of hard trade barriers coupled with the restrictions now in place for European workers.

    Another thought is that the current issues are an after-effect, following the global pandemic.

    What is most likely is that a mixture of these two causes have resulted in our current shortages.

    And these shortages are not only limited to fuel supplies; there have been supermarket shelves appearing emptier and energy prices soaring due to unusually low gas supplies. The spike in natural gas and electricity costs has been driven partly by a cold start to the year, with a chillier-than-average Spring. And soaring energy prices are also a problem across Europe. However it seems that the problem is most acute in the UK due to a lack of large natural gas storage facilities and delayed maintenance work.

    What are your thoughts on the reasoning behind our current shortages? Are they simply unfortunately-timed and unrelated issues, or are they all owing to the same cause?
    • English exceptionalism, short-term-ism, and terminal selfishness, coupled with Boris's inability to ..

    • I agree with Peter!

    • @Le... So do I . . .

    • I`ve noticed the gaps on the supermarketmarket shelves as much as the next person, and am aware of t..

    • Part of the problem is that companies have whittled systems down to the bone in the search for profi..

    • There are no petrol supply problems in the midlands . It does seem to be the south east. More Chelse..

    • @An... but it's not even all of the south east, I was out anyway at dentist and just tried two garag..

    • @An... - I heard that the whole of the south east is supplied from a single refinery, at Thurrock. A..

    • Our petrol station is constantly having tankers arriving but as soon as they arrive the queues devel..

    • @Le... If the pumps run dry, does that not mean there is a shortage? If you're queueing, you need ..

    • @Se... I don't think the problem is a shortage - its lots of people keeping their tanks full when n..

    • @Se... Sorry to disagree but people do queue just to keep their tank full. I know people who hardly..

    • I'm fed up with it. We are trying not to use the car but we have things we really need to get on wit..

    • Its a vicious circle - a few people panic and overbuy which makes it appear as though there are shor..

    • @Le... - It is a terrible situation. We have always been required to refill our vans when they get..

    • @Pe... I don't know how things can be reversed. We do seem more prone to panic and stockpiling in t..

    • @An...

      Will have to agree to disagree on this. I agree, of course, there are people who will curren..

    • Now the £30 cap is being removed (didn't know there was one) so that's not going to help anything

    • @An... it was only certain garages that did any capping.

    • @Di... Not sure if it was here but we need it. I'm feeling really humpy about it all!!

    • 22% of stations in London and SE have no petrol at all 😡

    • @Di... yes a neighbour of mine just told me he put £50 in on Friday

    • Wot, no petrol! Just watching on ITV news.

    • I suppose that the risk of such shortages, exposed by the current crisis, is just the latest factor ..

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