I did my usual shop at Sainsbury today, 16.00ish on a Friday.
No noticeable shortage of goods, no panic buying or long queues.
I, personally, would lock up every editor and 'journalist' who has been perpetuating this doom and gloom narrative for the last five years.
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.This issue has really got my goat.
The media have really outclassed themselves with this one. Let's back up a little... So BP said a small number of its service stations were having to close due to driver shortages. The Daily Mail, plus other MSM such as the BBC, Sky, Guardian, etc jumped on this and peppered their front pages with it.
While nothing they have printed is factually wrong, they've simply seized a business opportunity to capitalise on. Playing to the availability heuristic of the ever-gullible British public, they know how to drive that fear into us. They've been doing a damned good job of it for the best part of two years now. By availability heuristic I mean, what's more serious - a car crash resulting in fatalities, or a few petrol stations having to close? The former seldom makes the headlines despite over 24,000 serious accidents or fatalities per year, but the sad fact is, it doesn't sell papers, it doesn't generate advertising revenue by clicks nor increase viewers on their 24 hour rolling news channels - not like the latter, at least.
And they know full well their respective social media articles are going to attract thousands of comments too, because the country is still bickering over a decision which was made 5 years ago where seemingly a slightly larger half of the country resented foreigners taking their jobs, and the slightly smaller half of the country wanted to carry on exploiting them.
6 days ago there were no queues on forecourts. Now all of a sudden, Kay Burley is asking some Labour MP how much of it is due to Brexit and who's to blame?
You are, Kay. You and your frankenstein-esque best buddy Beth Rigby, along with Laura "talks out the corner of her mouth" Kussenbussenburger, Nick "child scarer" Robinson, Naga Manshushy, Nick Ferrari and all the other chumps who produce this rubbish and belt-feed it to those viewers who pay your salaries. You cause their misery while you're high-fiving each other in your London bars post broadcast over beating your rivals to the punch and eeking away at their viewing figures. And while your smug, arrogant, self-righteous interview techniques may fool your bosses - the rest of us (and by the rest of us, I mean those who haven't bothered filling up yet and couldn't give a toss if there's no turkeys at Xmas) just roll our eyes and try to deal with the inevitable fallout from your utterly irresponsible careless and even dangerous reporting has caused.
There was fuel 6 days ago. There's still fuel now, only you have to queue for hours to get it. What's changed in that time? Have our ADR drivers all suddenly hung their boots up? Have we ran dry?
Nope. The media have taken a negligible molehill and turned it into a bloody mountain. I just wish one of these spineless MPs or Industry reps being interviewed would actually have the balls to call therm out over it.
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