Long lines in front of gas stations. The gas leaked before the fights of the panicked drivers. Troops have been deployed across the country to assist in fuel delivery. In the wake of the Govt-19 epidemic, food in the fields is rotting and families are drowning in poverty. The New York Times wrote that this is Britain in 2021.
Until recently, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson abolished all anti-epidemic measures in July, sentiment across the country was reasonably optimistic.
Happiness does not last long
The successful vaccination campaign has finally restored the loving freedom of everyday life – meeting family and friends, meeting acquaintances and strangers, sitting in cafes and restaurants.
Although the number of victims continued to rise, the mortality and mortality of those admitted to the hospital decreased drastically. This whole dream seemed to be over. But the last few weeks have again chased away the sense of nature.
The dramatic fuel crisis caused by the shortage of truck drivers, which had to close a third of all petrol stations at its peak, is quite astonishing.
Conservatives’ decision to reduce global petrol shortages, rising energy and food prices, supply chain problems and the reduction of social benefits – the interplay of various problems – cast a dark shadow over Britain’s future. Even Boris Johnson, known for his boundless hope and joy, has trouble easing this situation.
The panic of recent weeks, which evoked turbulent old memories of the late 1970s, is by no means unexpected. For months, industry leaders across the economy have been warning of a long-running labor shortage. Not just truck drivers, but fruit pickers, butchers, staff and health workers.
Signs of supply chain breakdown and their impact on business are ubiquitous: empty shelves in supermarkets, spoiled food in fields, and many more news boards highlighting vacancies in store windows and restaurants. Meat processors called on the government to allow prisoners to be hired.
It all started with Brexit
One of the main reasons for this tricky situation is Brexit, or at least the way the government approached it. Britain delayed its exit from the EU, which took place without any real effort to ensure a real change by Boris Johnson.
This led to the expulsion of European workers, which was further exacerbated by the epidemic. From July 2019 to September 2020, 1.3 million foreigners left the UK.
Nevertheless, the Conservatives refused to react, even when it became clear that Britain was facing a major labor shortage. They had empty political speeches and called everything a “fictional situation”. He turned around and assured the public that there was nothing to worry about.
And when they realized that their indifference was likely to pass as a favor, they began to argue that the reason for their inability to do so was to force companies to pay British employees more than they actually believed in cheap foreign power.
This alibi for inactivity is incredible. In the Netherlands, for example, the new law improves fare and working conditions for truck drivers. In Britain, the situation is the worst in Europe. And the government’s issuance of 5,000 temporary visas to drivers from EU countries is not too late and not in sufficient form.
Instead of higher wages, the British public has only ever encountered higher prices. Inflation has been rising faster than ever since 1997. Rising fuel prices continue to weigh on people’s lives, and Britain’s energy is more expensive than anywhere else in Europe.
Winter will be important
While other governments, such as Spain and Italy, have ensured that families in need are protected from rising costs, conservatives have shown no such leniency. Three million families in the UK are already living in “fuel poverty” and they have to decide whether to smoke or eat in the winter.
After the Conservatives raised the energy price limit this month, that number is expected to rise another half a million.
Nevertheless, Boris Johnson claims to have given a very friendly face to British conservatism. He speaks passionately about raising the bar and “starting” backward communities. But the conduct of his government did not match that.
Johnson minimizes social benefits
By September last year, it had completed a program that would compensate people with up to 80 percent of the loss of income during an outbreak. On October 6, Conservatives will cut Britain’s global social benefit, the so-called Universal Credit, by 20 a week – at a time when more people are relying on it than ever before.
This is the largest single reduction in social benefits in British history and is estimated to push another half million, including 200,000 children, below the poverty line. It is difficult to mitigate the effects of the 12-fold reduction in the newly introduced 500 million winter emergency fund
But Boris Johnson often could not bear the consequences of his actions. His government, based on a comfortable majority, is secure.
In addition, he himself can use crises effectively as new opportunities. He can embrace and not be burdened with a sense of responsibility or honesty, so he grows up in adverse circumstances. The rest of the country will no longer be so lucky.
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