Kwarteng confirms troops will be ‘on the ground’ in coming days
Standby tankers will be dispatched today to help deliver fuel to troubled British petrol stations, says Trade Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.
The tanker trucks, driven by civilians, will be on the road in a few hours, he tweeted.
But earlier he admitted that Britain’s supply crisis, which has sparked record queues at petrol stations and empty supermarket shelves, could go on for months, possibly until Christmas.
Despite emergency measures taken by the government to address the current shortage, Kwarteng admitted that supply chain problems caused by the drastic shortage of truck drivers and panic buying could last for months.
When asked if ministers could be sure that the problems would be resolved before Christmas, the Commerce Secretary said: “I am not guaranteeing anything. All I’m saying is that I think the situation is stabilizing. “
Echoing Boris Johnson’s words on Tuesday, the Conservative MP admitted that “the last few days have been difficult,” but said that now more service stations are receiving more fuel.
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Starmer: ‘Level up? You can’t even fill ‘
Our political reporter Adam Forrest working conference reports:
Sir Keir Starmer used part of his speech at the Brighton conference to attack the government’s handling of the fuel crisis.
“If you go out and walk along the boardwalk, it won’t take long to get to a gas station that has no fuel. Level up? It can’t even be filled ”.
Starmer added: “Doesn’t that tell you everything about this government? Ignore the problem, blame someone else, and then come up with a half-way solution.
“Why do we suddenly have a HGV driver shortage? Why is there no plan? … This government can’t keep the fuel flowing, it can’t keep the shelves stocked. “
Sam hancockSeptember 29, 2021 1:34 PM
PRA Says Fuel Crisis Is ‘Calming Down’ As Service Stations Receive More Deliveries
The Gasoline Retailers Association (PRA), which accounts for two-thirds of UK service stations, has said the fuel crisis is “winding down”, echoing assurances made by Boris Johnson on Tuesday.
He also said that the esplanades reported that they are receiving more deliveries.
“Only 27 percent of PRA members have reported running out of fuel today, and with regular refills taking place, we expect to see the relaxation continue for the next 24 hours,” said CEO Gordon. Balmer.
“However, we are extremely disappointed to hear that many of the esplanade staff are experiencing a high level of verbal and physical abuse, which is completely unacceptable.”
Balmer added that gas stations are doing everything they can to “manage the queues and make sure there is enough fuel for everyone.”
“We urge the public to remember that fuel stocks remain normal at refineries and terminals, and deliveries have been reduced solely due to a shortage of HGV drivers,” he added, trying to ease customers’ concerns about stocks. .
Sam hancockSeptember 29, 2021 1:31 PM
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Sam hancockSeptember 29, 2021 1:26 PM
Starmer blames Johnson for ‘ignoring the fuel problem’
Sir Keir Starmer used his speech at the Labor conference to target Boris Johnson’s handling of the fuel crisis, trying to paint the Prime Minister as a leader without a plan.
He told his fans in Brighton: “If you go out and walk along the seafront, it won’t be long before you hit a gas station that is out of fuel.
“Raise to the same level? You can’t even fill it.
“Doesn’t that tell you everything about this government? Ignore the problem, blame someone else, and then come up with a half-way solution.
“Why do we suddenly have a HGV driver shortage? Why is there no plan in place? “
Jane daltonSeptember 29, 2021 12:35 PM
Reserve tanker trucks on the road today, promises minister
Trade Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng says army reserve tankers will begin today pushing deliveries to gas stations.
He tweeted: “I can confirm that the government reserve tanker fleet will be on the road this afternoon to boost fuel deliveries to service stations in Britain.
“The trucks are driven by civilians and will provide additional logistical capacity to the fuel industry.
“Now we are seeing signs that the situation at the pumps has started to improve with more stations getting more fuel.
“The sooner we can get back to our normal shopping habits, the sooner things will get back to normal.”
Jane daltonSeptember 29, 2021 12:21 PM
Driver receives Nando in his car while queuing at the gas station
A hungry driver left other drivers hysterical when he ordered a Nando delivered directly to his car window while queuing for gas amid supply shortages.
Lily Potkin found herself caught in “the mother of all tails” on Tuesday, describing her experience as a “real-life version of the Hunger Games.”
“I would not recommend approaching any type of gas station if you are in a food coma like me – yelled at Nando – thank you very much. It’s chaos, ”Potkin said.
He also described the “fun” experience of seeing people with day jobs act as “gas bailiffs” on the esplanade.
A hungry driver left other drivers in hysterics when he ordered a Nando delivered directly to his car while queuing for gas amid supply shortages. Lily Potkin found herself caught in “the mother of all tails” on Tuesday, describing her experience as a “real-life version of the Hunger Games.” “I wouldn’t recommend going to any kind of gas station if you’re in a coma like me – I shout to Nando – thank you very much. It’s chaos,” Potkin said. He also described the “fun” experience of seeing people with day jobs act like “sheriffs. of gasoline ”on the esplanade.
Sam hancockSeptember 29, 2021 12:15 PM
Fuel crisis and empty shelves may continue until Christmas: minister
The supply crisis, which has sparked fights at gas stations and empty supermarket shelves, could continue until Christmas, a cabinet minister has admitted.
Despite emergency measures taken by the government, Kwarteng admitted that the British country’s supply chain problems caused by the drastic shortage of truck drivers could last for months, he writes. Adam Forrest.
When asked if the government was sure the problems would be solved before Christmas, Kwarteng said: “I don’t guarantee anything. All I’m saying is that I think the situation is stabilizing. “
Sam hancockSeptember 29, 2021 11:56 AM
Theory of the ironic process: the psychologist explains why the purchase scares us
Why people buy in a panic is unsurprisingly very scientific.
Lucy Beresford, a psychologist, revealed a theory Wednesday morning, which is apparently why we are all so easily fooled by the messages around “panic” and “worry.”
Beresford said that human minds have a natural tendency to do precisely what they are warned against.
“It’s called the ironic process theory,” he told the BBC, “which basically means that we immediately think and do what people tell us not to do.”
The ironic process theory, also known as the white bear problem, is a concept that states that conscious attempts to suppress thoughts make them more likely to surface, according to its official definition.
The theory was first explored by social psychologist Daniel Wegner while studying thought suppression in 1987, US website. Gloveworx state. In her study, Wegner noted that subjects who were told not to think of a white bear ended up having a greater awareness of the very concept they were told to suppress. This allegedly led to the idea that thought suppression has paradoxical effects and can even lead to obsessive or intrusive thinking.
“It would be like telling you not to think about pink elephants,” Ms Beresford told BBC news anchor Anita McVeigh. “Obviously, you would immediately start thinking about pink elephants.”
As such, Ms. Beresford said, the government that instructs people not to panic probably encourages people to do just that.
Jane daltonSeptember 29, 2021 11:39 AM
Drivers warned fuel prices could hit ‘record highs’
Industry experts warn that fuel prices could reach record levels, even if the current crisis ends.
The RAC said average prices could reach 143p per liter for gasoline and 145p per liter for diesel in the coming weeks, up from the current level of 135p per liter for gasoline and 138p per liter for diesel.
The highest average price of gasoline is 142 pence per liter, recorded in April 2012.
RAC Fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “The price drivers can expect to pay at the pumps in the coming weeks is being driven by what’s happening to the cost of oil, not by the recent delivery problems that have affected some UK service stations. While the price of oil has softened slightly, it is still very close to US $ 80 per barrel and therefore a three-year high. “
He added: “We are monitoring the situation closely, but some analysts predict that the price could reach US $ 90 before the end of the year as demand for oil increases as we go through the pandemic, there is a risk that we may see the average”. The price of unleaded fuel hit a new record of around 143 pence per liter. Diesel would hit 145p, which is just shy of the record of 147.93 in April 2021. “
While average fuel prices have remained stable despite shortages at service stations, some service stations have increased prices during the crisis.
Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK campaign group, said Monday that price increases of between 5 pence and 10 pence per liter had become “the norm.”
Sam hancockSeptember 29, 2021 11:24 am
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