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2021-09-23 6:35:17 PM  
Gas rationing?!? I wonder how bad the shortages are going to get.

If a serious food shortage is looming in future months I hope the government in London is acting NOW.

They may want to start training a bunch of army reservists how to drive big trucks.

Does the UK at least have a consensus that Brexit was a Really Bad Idea?
 
2021-09-23 6:44:51 PM  
That article was quite "British". I think I understood about 50% of it.
 
2021-09-23 7:48:55 PM  

Riche: Does the UK at least have a consensus that Brexit was a Really Bad Idea?


No. There is no popular opinion that thinks that. The people who were really against it all along are still making a lot of noise, but the vast majority don't care.

As I have said many times the driver and staff shortages are Covid, not Brexit. That's why there are reports of the same issues in the US, with places like McDonalds, Starbucks, Taco Bell etc having to remove things from menus because of supply issues.

Airlines were warning about fuel shortages because of the shortage of drivers a couple of months ago.

American Airlines warns about jet fuel shortages around the U.S., asks pilots to conserve

The carrier said airlines, including American, have experienced the delays due to a lack of truck drivers, trucks and fuel supply
.

So no, there is no groundswell of opinion that Brexit was a mistake. Don't believe everything you read in the media. Our newspapers love making a huge deal about everything.
 
2021-09-23 7:51:23 PM  
 
2021-09-23 7:52:42 PM  
Ah, there it is. The consequences of a country's actions.
 
2021-09-23 8:37:26 PM  
How do they need to ration fuel after getting that $350,000,000 bus off the road?
 
2021-09-23 8:38:04 PM  
LOL, yes, the people to buy submarines from.
 
2021-09-23 8:39:13 PM  
It's okay, because they didn't need the petrol anyway.  Stigginit is all they need.
 
2021-09-23 8:41:15 PM  
I didn't realize the 1970s were back in fashion!

I should have known it was given all the disco dust that I've seen politicians sniffing, but where are the bell bottoms?
 
2021-09-23 8:41:22 PM  
Is this another Brexit impact?

/petrol is becoming quite pricey over here in the colonies
 
2021-09-23 8:42:02 PM  
Haha, he's already ITT!
 
2021-09-23 8:42:57 PM  
If only there was some sort of Europe wide organization that allowed the free travel of workers to wherever....

/ What about SECOND Brexit?
 
2021-09-23 8:45:00 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: That article was quite "British". I think I understood about 50% of it.


They didn't have sufficient HGV certified drivers so the fee lorries that were on the motorway were spending time at rest in lay-bys rather than delivering petrol. So, the usual punters ended up queuing off the M5 waiting for delivery at the services.

What's so hard to understand?
 
2021-09-23 8:46:51 PM  

Shaggy_C: Three Crooked Squirrels: That article was quite "British". I think I understood about 50% of it.

They didn't have sufficient HGV certified drivers so the fee lorries that were on the motorway were spending time at rest in lay-bys rather than delivering petrol. So, the usual punters ended up queuing off the M5 waiting for delivery at the services.

What's so hard to understand?


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2021-09-23 8:47:20 PM  

DarnoKonrad: LOL, yes, the people to buy submarines from.


Shut up Chinese paid troll! You couldn't be more obvious if you sat under a bridge and took selfies that you later posted on Instagram.
 
2021-09-23 8:48:56 PM  
prima nocta ?
 
2021-09-23 8:49:24 PM  

Shaggy_C: Three Crooked Squirrels: That article was quite "British". I think I understood about 50% of it.

They didn't have sufficient HGV certified drivers so the fee lorries that were on the motorway were spending time at rest in lay-bys rather than delivering petrol. So, the usual punters ended up queuing off the M5 waiting for delivery at the services.

What's so hard to understand?


Why after all these years you suck at queuing?
 
2021-09-23 8:53:24 PM  
It's amazing how many things can uniquely collapse in the UK and the usual clowns still claim it wasn't catalysed by Brexit.

(one thing that isn't is the energy crisis - that's been building for 20 years as we switched away from coal baseload generation to gas, but simultaneously closed the gas storage facilities because they weren't profitable... because of the 90s Conservative government's privatisation. So the same people who brought you Brexit - they've crapped on the country many, many times).
 
2021-09-23 8:56:51 PM  
In before...

Shiat.
 
2021-09-23 8:58:05 PM  
Well, you can sit on queue for petrol (or however the hell you say in British, who the fark knows) and look at your blue passport, and that will remind you it's all worth it.
 
2021-09-23 9:01:45 PM  

jake_lex: Well, you can sit on queue for petrol (or however the hell you say in British, who the fark knows) and look at your blue passport, and that will remind you it's all worth it.


As long as you don't notice the "Made in Poland" printed on that blue passport.
 
2021-09-23 9:02:10 PM  

Shaggy_C: Three Crooked Squirrels: That article was quite "British". I think I understood about 50% of it.

They didn't have sufficient HGV certified drivers so the fee lorries that were on the motorway were spending time at rest in lay-bys rather than delivering petrol. So, the usual punters ended up queuing off the M5 waiting for delivery at the services.

What's so hard to understand?


I read it as "Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie."
 
2021-09-23 9:02:47 PM  

jake_lex: Well, you can sit on queue for petrol (or however the hell you say in British, who the fark knows) and look at your blue passport, and that will remind you it's all worth it.


I think the phase that you are looking for is "Lay back and think of England"...
 
2021-09-23 9:03:50 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Another report from a month ago.

The companies that transport fuel to gas stations are scrambling to find qualified drivers to deliver every shipment. And this year, because they can't find enough drivers in places like Colorado, Iowa, and the Pacific Northwest, a scattering of gas stations have briefly run dry.


Carter, man...
As someone living in the Pacific northwesty areas lemme tell you what we're running short on from covid:

/Sorry, that's all I could think of
//Oddly enough, it looks just like a list of good brexit arguments
 
2021-09-23 9:07:25 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: That article was quite "British". I think I understood about 50% of it.


How many stones is that?
 
2021-09-23 9:12:19 PM  
At least they spelled out "heavy goods vehicle" this time.  Didn't tie it to the initialism, but it's present.  I'll give journalists a 37% on that.  Still failing, just not abjectly.
 
2021-09-23 9:20:08 PM  

twenty one characters: Carter Pewterschmidt: Another report from a month ago.

The companies that transport fuel to gas stations are scrambling to find qualified drivers to deliver every shipment. And this year, because they can't find enough drivers in places like Colorado, Iowa, and the Pacific Northwest, a scattering of gas stations have briefly run dry.

Carter, man...
As someone living in the Pacific northwesty areas lemme tell you what we're running short on from covid:

/Sorry, that's all I could think of
//Oddly enough, it looks just like a list of good brexit arguments


So American newspaper articles about gas shortages actually happening in the US are rubbish and should be ignored but British newspaper articles about possible petrol shortages are utterly factual and must be believed without question?

And you reporting anecdotally that you haven't seen any shortages is perfectly valid but my reporting that stores here are full of food and no one is going hungry or panic buying must be dismissed and ignored?

Another Fark Brexit thread where Farker after Farker just chooses to ignore facts they don't like....
 
2021-09-23 9:20:36 PM  
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"No no, you don't  understand this is good for Brittan, here's why...."

 
2021-09-23 9:20:37 PM  
Carter Pewterschmidt:

As I have said many times the driver and staff shortages are Covid, not Brexit. That's why there are reports of the same issues in the US, with places like McDonalds, Starbucks, Taco Bell etc having to remove things from menus because of supply issues.

Are you another one who doesn't RTFA?

The HGV sector has been struggling with recruitment in recent months with a combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit reducing the number of available drivers.

With test centres shut and many HGV drivers from the EU returning home during the pandemic, it has created a shortage of qualified drivers.


Perhaps if you hadn't kicked all the eastern Europeans out of the country you'd have enough drivers, but god knows you certainly wouldn't want any dirty furriners taking yer jerbs
 
2021-09-23 9:21:41 PM  

Archie Goodwin: In before...

Shiat.


Too late. Already posted facts. Sorry about that. I know how doing so really gets in the way of the prevailing Brexit narrative.
 
2021-09-23 9:23:51 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: So American newspaper articles about gas shortages actually happening in the US are rubbish and should be ignored


Can you find one written anytime this month? We haven't had shortages reported since the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack a few months ago, other than local weather-related issues
 
2021-09-23 9:24:06 PM  
 
2021-09-23 9:27:27 PM  
 
2021-09-23 9:28:08 PM  

pdieten: Carter Pewterschmidt:

As I have said many times the driver and staff shortages are Covid, not Brexit. That's why there are reports of the same issues in the US, with places like McDonalds, Starbucks, Taco Bell etc having to remove things from menus because of supply issues.

Are you another one who doesn't RTFA?

The HGV sector has been struggling with recruitment in recent months with a combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit reducing the number of available drivers.

With test centres shut and many HGV drivers from the EU returning home during the pandemic, it has created a shortage of qualified drivers.

Perhaps if you hadn't kicked all the eastern Europeans out of the country you'd have enough drivers, but god knows you certainly wouldn't want any dirty furriners taking yer jerbs


So if Brexit hadn't happened those European drivers wouldn't have returned home to their families? They'd have just stayed in the UK, with no work, waiting....?

And the rest of Europe is having driver shortages, just as the US is. People were warning about driver shortages long before Brexit, long before the UK even voted to leave.

HGV shortage could cripple food industry. That from 2014.

A shortage of drivers has been a frequent problem raised by stakeholders from across practically all member states," a 2012 European Union report on the "road haulage" industry said. Those shortages were spreading from Western Europe to Eastern Europe.
"Younger generations have different career requirements, including a lifestyle which will allow a better balance between private and professional life and the possibility to return home on a regular basis," the report said, echoing studies of the U.S. truck driver shortage. Again, from 2014.
 
2021-09-23 9:28:11 PM  

JustToLetYouKnowFriend: [Fark user image 653x367]

"No no, you don't  understand this is good for Brittan, here's why...."


Eh, he has to deal with his idiot son-in-law.  That takes a lot of out someone.
 
2021-09-23 9:28:41 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: twenty one characters: Carter Pewterschmidt: Another report from a month ago.

The companies that transport fuel to gas stations are scrambling to find qualified drivers to deliver every shipment. And this year, because they can't find enough drivers in places like Colorado, Iowa, and the Pacific Northwest, a scattering of gas stations have briefly run dry.

Carter, man...
As someone living in the Pacific northwesty areas lemme tell you what we're running short on from covid:

/Sorry, that's all I could think of
//Oddly enough, it looks just like a list of good brexit arguments

So American newspaper articles about gas shortages actually happening in the US are rubbish and should be ignored but British newspaper articles about possible petrol shortages are utterly factual and must be believed without question?

And you reporting anecdotally that you haven't seen any shortages is perfectly valid but my reporting that stores here are full of food and no one is going hungry or panic buying must be dismissed and ignored?

Another Fark Brexit thread where Farker after Farker just chooses to ignore facts they don't like....


Is this the part where I say that I'm a project manager at an energy services company?

/When everyone else is wrong...
//Maybe it's not them
///Oh, and I love hanging out in the national gallery
 
2021-09-23 9:35:01 PM  
All I need to know about British politics I learned from the amount of people funnying Carter's posts.
 
2021-09-23 9:35:42 PM  

iheartscotch: If only there was some sort of Europe wide organization that allowed the free travel of workers to wherever....

/ What about SECOND Brexit?


"Bre-enter"?
 
2021-09-23 9:38:29 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: So American newspaper articles about gas shortages actually happening in the US are rubbish and should be ignored but British newspaper articles about possible petrol shortages are utterly factual and must be believed without question?


BIG difference between shortages kicked off by regular dumbasses and one caused by government policies. But I'm sure you knew that, though.
 
2021-09-23 9:43:18 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Archie Goodwin: In before...

Shiat.

Too late. Already posted facts. Sorry about that. I know how doing so really gets in the way of the prevailing Brexit narrative.


Carter Pewterschmidt: As I have said many times the driver and staff shortages are Covid, not Brexit.


Article in Question: combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit

Yes Carter, 'facts'.
 
2021-09-23 9:43:53 PM  

pdieten: Carter Pewterschmidt: So American newspaper articles about gas shortages actually happening in the US are rubbish and should be ignored

Can you find one written anytime this month? We haven't had shortages reported since the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack a few months ago, other than local weather-related issues


Why exclude anything just because it happened last month? Why does that matter?

Gov. Pete Ricketts has temporarily eased restrictions on the number of hours truck drivers hauling gasoline can work.
The move, solidified in an executive order signed Thursday, is meant to combat a gasoline shortage stemming from long waits at Nebraska's fuel terminals, according to the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, a statewide trade association
.

Europe's Natural Gas Shortage is Coming for US. That from three days ago, but that's "gas" not what you call gas, for cars.

Drivers warn of burnout as global trucker shortage bites
Analysts say a global shortage of truck drivers has persisted since the middle of the 2000s. But Matsiash's case illustrates the human dimension of a deteriorating global driver shortage that has tipped into a crisis only recently visible to the wider public.
In the UK, supermarket shelves are missing goods, McDonald's restaurants ran out of milkshakes this week and builders cannot access supplies, while iron ore struggles to reach Australian ports for export.
The potential consequences are serious. André LeBlanc, vice-president of operations at Petroleum Marketing Group, a Virginia-based fuel distributor, said that gas stations it supplies had run out of certain products about 1,200 times since mid-June because of driver shortages.
"You don't get your toilet tissues and your eggs, that's one thing. Gasoline stops - it shuts everything down," he warned
.

From two weeks ago:
Companies making changes to recruit more drivers during trucking shortage.

Go on, tell me all those problems in the US are because of Brexit. I didn't realise just how powerful the UK economy was....
 
2021-09-23 9:45:11 PM  

twenty one characters: Is this the part where I say that I'm a project manager at an energy services company?

/When everyone else is wrong...
//Maybe it's not them
///Oh, and I love hanging out in the national gallery


So those newspaper articles I posted are lying? And the ones I just posted above? The US does not have a truck driver shortage at all? All those articles are just wrong?
 
2021-09-23 9:47:04 PM  
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2021-09-23 9:50:17 PM  

Archie Goodwin: Carter Pewterschmidt: Archie Goodwin: In before...

Shiat.

Too late. Already posted facts. Sorry about that. I know how doing so really gets in the way of the prevailing Brexit narrative.

Carter Pewterschmidt: As I have said many times the driver and staff shortages are Covid, not Brexit.

Article in Question: combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit

Yes Carter, 'facts'.


Ahh, so the British media must be trusted and is always 100% accurate and never, ever, has a bias or slant?

Strange how many Farkers hate the British media, until they blame Brexit for something. Then they're utterly accurate and truthful....

If no one else was having truck driver shortages or gas shortages, only the UK, then you might have a point. But when pretty much everyone is having the same problems then trying to argue that the exact same issues are down to Brexit in the UK but mysteriously have totally different and unrelated causes everywhere else is a very dubious argument.
 
2021-09-23 9:55:39 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: twenty one characters: Is this the part where I say that I'm a project manager at an energy services company?

/When everyone else is wrong...
//Maybe it's not them
///Oh, and I love hanging out in the national gallery

So those newspaper articles I posted are lying? And the ones I just posted above? The US does not have a truck driver shortage at all? All those articles are just wrong?


In a word, yep.
Might there be a granule of truth? maybe.  Fear mongering, oh yes. Reality, definitely not.

/Reality, it's a nice place for people who can't handle their drugs
 
2021-09-23 9:57:24 PM  
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My girlfriend can fend for herself.  There's loads of cacti here.
 
2021-09-23 9:57:42 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Strange how many Farkers hate the British media


Strange how you're trying to conflate The Daily Fail and The Sun with all of British media.

Wait, no, not strange. Your usual bullsh*t.
 
2021-09-23 9:58:53 PM  

Karma Chameleon: All I need to know about British politics I learned from the amount of people funnying Carter's posts.


It's only him and his alts smarting them.
 
2021-09-23 10:01:40 PM  
If it was not so damn sad to see someone who is not an idiot just keep dying on a stupid hill to choose to die on, it would be funny.
And yet, he does it in every single damn thread about one subject.

Just walk the fark away, don quixote .
 
2021-09-23 10:05:17 PM  

twenty one characters: In a word, yep.
Might there be a granule of truth? maybe.  Fear mongering, oh yes. Reality, definitely not.


Okay, so you think the media might sensationalise things to make headlines and get readers?

I can see that.

Now, consider that the exact same thing happens in the UK.

And that all the headlines Farkers read about empty shelves and food shortages are just as accurate as those stories of US shortages. That several times now I have posted photos I have taken of shelves full of food in Fark threads about how we're all starving. How I've posted links to several Reddit threads where someone has asked "Brits, have you seen any shortages?" and most people have replied with "No".

So when you realise from your direct first hand experience that US media can hugely exaggerate and sensationalise maybe it might be a good idea to read UK news articles with the same level of scepticism and realise that to us Brits those articles are just as laughable.
 
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