In response to Fandango’s Who Won the Week posts, I have been looking at my own newsfeeds.
Do you remember the other week I talked about immigration?
Well I’m afraid my winner of the week is the humble pumpkin. Let me explain:
Not only has our government’s ideology brought us fuel shortages, food shortages and the threatened christmas turkey shortage, but this week we learned about the pumpkin shortage.
Now, I must admit to never having bought a pumpkin in my life, but for somereason, people do.
You see, we have had reports all summer about vegetables rotting in fields because of a shortage of farm labour (we used to have a lot of imported labour from eastern Europe). And now, apparently, it is the turn of the good old pumpkin.
What gets me about this is that it should have been thought through. All of this was entirely avoidable, and that’s heartbreaking. It’s like watching a train wreck as it happens. We could easily have implemented a Brexit where none of this happened. There didn’t have to be shortages of anything. But, no.
Instead, however, we have this bunch of idealogues whose attitude is either you see the same blue skies that we see, or you’re against us. The task of any government is to solve these problems, but the UK government don’t even recognise that the problems exist, let alone having a clue how to make them go away.
The solution is the perennial battle cry to bring in the troops – as if they will make everything good again. Squaddies being used to drive petrol tankers. They did the same with the COVID vaccines. Parachuted Navy nurses to administer the vaccine in my local Salisbury, only to send them away again because there was no vaccine. And nobody is asking how much it is costing, to put these people up in three-star hotels.
And we have already had rumbles – the next thing in the pipeline (excuse the pun) is the UK’s supply of gas itself.
I’ve had clients like this. Banks. Trust me, if you saw behind the scenes, you’d move your money. I’ve seen it happen. It didn’t surprise me that they were some of the key banks hit when the crash finally came.