Petrol shortage Sept 27, 2021 17:42:39 GMT
Post by wirewiper on Sept 27, 2021 17:42:39 GMT
I don’t blame the media for reporting the news they receive. That’s their job. The reporting was nuanced and quantified how many stations had closed, but once it was clear the government didn’t have a back up plan or any control over the supply issue and they instructed people on fuel use telling people not to panic….guess what will happen? Blame should be shouldered by the Road Haulage Association who leaked meeting contents to the press about a petrol stations closing in what looks like a clumsy attempt at pressuring the government to add HGV drivers to the occupational shortage list.
The RHA (Road Haulage Association) has denied being responsible for any leak, although it does have a notably spiky relationship with the Government. From The Guardian Online today:
"The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said the panic was sparked after comments made by BP about dwindling stock levels at a Cabinet Office meeting were leaked by “one of the road haulage associations”. And in case there was any ambiguity, sources briefed the Mail on Sunday that the RHA was “entirely responsible for this panic and chaos”.
The RHA says the allegation is false. Rod McKenzie, the RHA’s policy and public affairs director, who was branded a “moaning remainer” by the unnamed source, did not attend the meeting and said he was only made aware of BP’s warning on its forecourt fuel stocks by media inquiries after the comments were reported on television.
McKenzie told the Guardian: “It was already in the public domain. I said every time I was asked there is not a shortage of fuel. It’s just ridiculous, accusing me of causing people to panic-buy. It’s not fair.” "
The full article: www.theguardian.com/business/2021/sep/27/haulage-grant-shapps-petrol-panic-transport-fuel-shortage