Updated Sunday, 3 October 2021 – 21:57
Oil retailers warn that the measure is “not a panacea”
Gas station in Hampshire, UK.ADRIAN DENNISAFPCrisis Johnson admits that the supply crisis is due to a “period of adjustment” of its economy after Brexit
Hours before the announcement, the first British soldiers intervened since Sunday to alleviate the chaos at the country’s gas stations. The so-called Operation Escalin – with 200 soldiers involved in the transport and supply of fuel – started after ten days of endless queues for the vacancies left by more than 50,000 delivery drivers (mainly Eastern European immigrants who have returned to their country). due to the double impact of Brexit and the pandemic).
Late on Sunday, The Daily Mail offered the snapshot of three soldiers in uniform and with reflective jackets, accompanying a fuel transport truck and participating for an hour and a half in supplying the storage tanks at a gas station in New Forest, in the county of Hampshire.
It is estimated that a hundred soldiers will go from Monday to the wheel of the delivery trucks and as many others will participate in the support work. “Although the situation is stabilizing, our armed forces will be there to fill vacancies, support the industry and help move the country,” anticipated the Secretary of Defense, Ben Wallace.
Since the beginning of the crisis, the soldiers traveled with civilians at the controls of heavy vehicles and were trained to take action. Last Friday, the “premier” Boris johnson gave the go-ahead to the unusual “deployment” of the Army to alleviate the supply crisis, which has coincided with the start of the annual conference of the Conservative Party in Manchester.
Although the situation has improved in some parts of the country, and it has hardly been felt in Scotland and North Ireland, The lack of fuel has created “an absolutely horrible crisis” in London and the south-east of England, in the words of Brian Madderson, president of the Petroleum Retailers Association (PRA).
Madderson appreciated the support of the soldiers, but warned that this temporary solution it is not the “panacea” for the supply problems that affect the sector and that have caused not only the “drought” in hundreds of gas stations, but also the irregular and spectacular rise in the price of gasoline and diesel in many service stations.
Speaking to the BBC, “Prime Minister” Boris Johnson acknowledged on Sunday that the supply crisis is due to the fact that the British economy is going through “a period of adjustment” after Brexit. “When people voted for change in 2016 and again in 2019, they voted for the end of the British economic model that relied on low wages, low skills and low productivity, and what we are doing is putting all of that behind us. Johnson warned.
“What we cannot do is go back to the old and worn-out economic model, have uncontrolled levels of immigration and leave people with low wages,” stressed the “premier”, who extended his accusing finger on the chronic sector, which has warned about the imminent slaughter (and subsequent incineration) of up to 120,000 pigs waiting their turn on farms due to lack of personnel in slaughterhouses and processing plants.
Tensions between the British Government and businessmen have escalated in recent hours, especially as a result of the statements of the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, during an act at the “tory” conference in Manchester: “Do not blame us for what may happen at Christmas. We are not in a controlled economy, so the Prime Minister is not responsible for what happens in the stores. We live in a free market economy, and this for sure. that the products will be delivered to the stores. “
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