What is it with people that they profess not to believe a word that politician say then, the moment they suggest that we might like to keep a little extra petrol in, just in case, they are queuing for hours outside petrol stations across the land. The government is held responsible. Wrong! Stupid people are responsible for panic buying. No-one made them do it,
I'm one of those irritating people that refuses to accept anything at face value. I check out every 'Like/share this
and the little kitty won't get it' page I find on Facebook, if X company is giving away Y, I google it to check it out. Pensioners are worse off than illegal immigrants,? Yup, I'll check that one out too. I'm the irritating person who comes back with 'urban myth', 'internet scam and Facebook hoax. I subscribe to fullfact.org and itsnonsense.com. I even prefer them to the John Lewis website.
So when I first saw Francis Maude saying 'people might like to think about stocking up a bit' which has sadly been interpreted by so many as 'you must now go out and sit for several hours in a queue at your local petrol station', ' I thought I'd have a look at the facts. No strike has been called. If the tanker drivers do decide to strike they must give 7 days' notice. The next meeting between unions and management is on Monday. That means there are at least 12 days between now and then before a strike could actually start. Now, does that mean I should rush out and panic buy petrol? No. It means I can carry on as normal.
The meeja was full of earnest reporters standing outside petrol stations interviewing people in the queue who were saying 'well, it's a load of nonsense innit, no-one's even called a strike yet.' So why are you there numbnuts, wasting hours of your life in a queue to fill up your car? Shots were taken of people filling up multiple jerry cans, just in case of apocalypse. Err, do you know you need a licence, sir? No? Well, the law states that if you want to stock more than 2 5 litre jerry cans at your home, you need to have a petrol licence. So you'll be heading off down to your local authority to get one will you? Or maybe you're just happy to turn your garden shed/garage into an incendiary device.
And now, of course, the government has said 'don't panic buy, there's no need' everyone has reverted back to type and they are saying 'well, of course, we can't believe a word the government says so we are just going to carry on panic-buying'. Have we really turned into such a nation of lemmings? And meanwhile, the price of petrol on the forecourts seems to have taken a little upward jump so not only are these people stupid but they are also pushing up the price of petrol for the benefit of the petrol companies. As if they need any more money....
|Because there are stupid people about!|