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‘Petrol shortage not an issue – it’s a lack of brain cells we need to worry about’

There is no shortage of petrol in the UK. We are suffering from a lack of something just as vital.

Brain cells.

People have never behaved so stupidly over fuel delays.

Lethal is stacking your boot high with jerrycans containing the fuel to store at home. There are also the total idiots who stack their boot high with jerry cans full of stuff to store at home.

These people all have full tanks. They are greedy, selfish gits. Others resort to violence, starting forecourt battles. One man was even seen holding a knife while he went to buy his unleaded.

People who are running low on fuel are left without anything.



Up and down the country some of us all got in a real faff about fuel
Up and down the country some of us all got in a real faff about fuel

Now I’ve totally lost the plot with how you define a “key worker” so not entirely sure how ensuring they got first dibs would be achieved.

It is obvious that the emergency services and NHS personnel are front-line staff. Tanker drivers are also important.

But where should you stop? As we’ve learnt during the pandemic it’s the often sneered-at, lowly paid jobs that are really key to our ­survival – the supermarket workers, the lorry drivers, those responsible for keeping our streets clean, our sewage flowing and our lights running.

Groups that it doesn’t include definitely encompass politicians like London’s David Lammy who bemoaned the fact he had to drive miles and queue for hours to fill his motor up. Apart from the fact that he can work remotely via his phone and laptop, he also resides in the capital. It is fortunate to have a 24/7 public transport system.

Still, if politicians had the brains they were born with we probably wouldn’t be where we are, would we? The crisis will end before it begins, and hopefully the petrol pillocks will stop panicking.



The government also has to own its role in the current completely unnecessary crisis
The government also has to own its role in the current completely unnecessary crisis

The Government was warned by road haulage experts this was ­going to happen back in June. What did they do instead? Yep, bugger all.

Instead they wait until we’re literally staring down the barrel of a fuel nozzle to tell us “not to panic”. This leads to, erm, panic and complete chaos.

Because whatever any politician says these days our gut reaction is to do the
opposite. It’s worse for those remoaner types, who seem to be in love with this latest mess. These are the self-important elites that blame everything on Brexit.

The fact that we have a shortage of 100,000 HGV (including tanker)drivers in this country and only approximately 12,000 went home
after we left the EU is lost on them.

Talking about HGVs, my favorite bit of research was talking to a depressed driver who was waiting in fuel lines in east London.

“Yeah, I’m trying to get to the garage,” He explained, gesturing towards the local BP forecourt.

The vehicle that he was responsible for? A petrol tanker.

'Petrol shortage not an issue – it's a lack of brain cells we need to worry about'
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.
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