Adventures in Government incompetentcy

The backlog of fuel deliveries caused by yesterday\’s panic buying could mean a wait of up to three days for supplies to be replenished after motorists filled up over fears of a strike by tanker drivers.

Entirely and totally down to the government being so damn stupid.

It just doesn\’t make sense to have such idiots trying to run the important parts of our lives, does it?

How about that: David Cameron as the advertisement for the Minarchist State?

14 thoughts on “Adventures in Government incompetentcy”

  1. That old proverb about keeping your cake-hole shut in order not to advertise your imbecility has never been more relevant than it is here..

    It seems the wheels are falling off call-me-Dave’s slick PR machine..

    It was an accident waiting to happen..

  2. I wonder.

    There are 19 million cars in the U.K and if they all filled up before the end of March (assuming a £60 tank) then that’s £1.2bn, right?

    Is that enough to tip the Q1 figures into growth?

  3. On the other hand with all mobile tanks full the static tanks in the garages can be replenished and immeadiate use fuel stocks are at an all time high prior to any strike. Isn’t that a good outcome?
    Sorta what Maggie did before the coal miners strike.

  4. What’s stupid about stocking up if a shortage is likely? “Panic buying” is not panic; panic is when you’re stamping on other people to get off the boat. It’s a rational strategy.

  5. People are rational.
    Most people were aware from the media of the potential for a strike.
    Normal response would have been to take some modest action to maintain a higher than normal level of fuel.
    The moronic announcements from HMG indicated that the situation could be much worse than it appeared
    Result – A run on the garages
    Since this exceeded normal demand this generates a problem
    Politicians are stupid (But I think we knew that)

    In the 1980s a “joke” on the R2 Jimmy Young show about strikes in general suggested that Russian workers in the salt mines were also going on strike. Supermarkets instantly ran out of salt despite the fact that our salt doesn’t come from Russia and that the UK, as a result of the Chehire salt plain, is self sufficient in the stuff.

  6. Arthur Dent, I remember that salt shortage well. The truly astonishing thing was that people were effectively buying in one purchase as much salt as they had used in the previous 10 years.

    I remember the same things happening at intervals with bread, sugar….

  7. These days famines are almost necessarily engineered by government fuckwittery, whether deliberate or inadvertent. Amartya Sen has been known to given this idea a glance or two.

    Does anyone remember the sugar shortage of the 70’s? My Dad, through his extensive network of acquaintances, located a tame bod he could buy a hundredweight of Tate & Lyle granulated off of. I think it lasted about three years. My folks were always one for bargains and BOG24Fs etc. It’s pretty rational for non-perishables.

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