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Parents share fears about the ‘state of UK’ including fuel crisis, food shortage, and soaring tax

British parents have revealed they’re  bracing for a ‘winter of discontent’ after a ‘perfect storm’ of fuel and food shortages, soaring energy prices and rising Covid-19 cases has left millions of UK families ‘up s***’ creek’.  

In the last week BP has been forced to ration fuel and shut stations, while supermarkets warned of food shortages and energy firms have gone bust amid rising gas prices.

The Petrol Retailers Association warned drivers to ‘keep a quarter of a tank’ of fuel in their vehicles in preparation for potential closures of local petrol stations while fighting broke out on Britain’s ‘Wild West’ petrol forecourts today as drivers threw punches and even pulled knives while queuing for fuel. 

British parents have revealed they’re bracing for a ‘winter of discontent’ after a ‘perfect storm’ of fuel and food shortages, soaring energy prices and rising Covid-19 cases has left millions of UK families ‘up s***’ creek’. Pictured: scot high street is blocked with cars quitting to get petrol at one of the only fuel stations in the area

Taking to Mumsnet, one UK parent expressed their turmoil at the state of the country writing: ‘So… all things considered… aren’t we up s*** creek? 

‘Gas and electricity prices. Covid. Council tax hikes. Inflation. Food shortages. Brexit. Petrol.

‘Sounds like something out of a dystopian nightmare. I’m worried dear reader, and “keep calm and carry on'” doesn’t help.’

‘Environmental problems too,’ added another. 

Thousands of other parents replied adding the UK was in a ‘sorry state’ and people were in denial.

Boris Johnson has been urged to stop 'hiding away' and address the nation as his own MPs slammed his decision not to bring in soldiers to deliver fuel today as it emerged that even tankers delivering 24/7 are now running low on diesel. Pictured: Lorries on the A2 in Kent heading towards London to protest at fuel price increases

Boris Johnson has been urged to stop ‘hiding away’ and address the nation as his own MPs slammed his decision not to bring in soldiers to deliver fuel today as it emerged that even tankers delivering 24/7 are now running low on diesel. Pictured: Lorries on the A2 in Kent heading towards London to protest at fuel price increases

More said they feared council tax and national insurance hikes and that the country is now like ‘something from the Eastern bloc’.

‘I’m not panicking, but I agree with you,’ one wrote.

‘I really don’t know how the poorest are going to survive, I include myself in that as a Universal Credit claimant.

‘Uplift removal. Food going up or running out. Council tax going up. Electric going up. Gas going up. When you’re left with 0 left a month, there’s nowhere you can find another 20-30’.

Another added: I agree, but I think our problems are much deeper and more profound than the issues you’ve listed here, which feel much more like symptoms than the disease itself.

Taking to Mumsnet , one UK parent expressed their turmoil at the state of the country writing: 'So... all things considered... aren't we up s*** creek?

Taking to Mumsnet , one UK parent expressed their turmoil at the state of the country writing: ‘So… all things considered… aren’t we up s*** creek?

‘It’s grim, the country is a bloody mess. What makes it so much worse is that I cannot imagine the British public voting for anything other than the same old s***come the next General Election’, 

‘Many people are in denial (“it’s worse in the continent”, “many complex causes”, “I haven’t noticed it”, “why don’t you just leave the car home / embrace Covid / not do your weekly shop” etc),’ said another. ‘They do not associate this mess with the Tory governments and will vote the same given the chance. Scary!’

‘Turns out Project Fear was a pretty accurate prediction,’ said another. 

Boris Johnson has been urged to stop ‘hiding away’ and address the nation as his own MPs slammed his decision not to bring in soldiers to deliver fuel today as it emerged that even tankers delivering 24/7 are now running low on diesel.

Inflation fears have also been fuelled today as the headline CPI rate recorded its largest jump ever in August to 3.2 per cent.

The consumer prices index rose above the expectations of analysts to reach its highest level for more than nine years.

The rate is far above the 2 per cent target set by the Bank of England, which has insisted the spike will be temporary.

Inflation fears have also been fuelled today as the headline CPI rate recorded its largest jump ever in August to 3.2 per cent. Stock image

Inflation fears have also been fuelled today as the headline CPI rate recorded its largest jump ever in August to 3.2 per cent. Stock image

In more bad news for British families, council tax may have to increase for millions of households in 2022 to pay for social care despite Boris Johnson’s manifesto-busting raid on national insurance, ministers fear.

Town halls will likely need additional funding due to most of the money raised from the 1.25 per cent NI increase set to go to the NHS over three years before it is diverted into social care in 2024.

Families would then be left facing a ‘double whammy’ of tax increases in April next year, with some ministers now believing council tax rises of around five or six per cent on average will be levied to plug the gap.

In more bad news, Britain’s fuel crisis shows no sign of abating as drivers again queued through the night outside petrol stations.

This morning a new video emerged of two men punching and kicking each other across a London Shell station in a row about whose turn it was to fill up. Two women yelling ‘what the f*** are you doing’ broke up the fight as one of the fighters pointed at his foe and yelled: ‘He stole my place’.

In more bad news for British families, council tax may have to increase for millions of households in 2022 to pay for social care despite Boris Johnson's manifesto-busting raid on national insurance, ministers fear. Stock image

In more bad news for British families, council tax may have to increase for millions of households in 2022 to pay for social care despite Boris Johnson’s manifesto-busting raid on national insurance, ministers fear. Stock image

Amid widespread scenes of enormous queueing across Britain’s forecourts, footage emerged of a man holding what appears to be a knife shouting at a driver outside a petrol station in Welling, south east London. The video then shows the car ramming into the alleged knifeman, who is then carried for several yards on the bonnet.

Gerald Ronson, owner of almost 300 Rontec – BP, Texaco and forecourts across the country, told The Telegraph he expects fuel court disruption to last for more than four weeks.

He said: ‘With everybody coming back to work – more cars on the road because people don’t want to use buses or trains – this has drained a lot of fuel.’

A government source added Downing Street is growing increasingly ‘worried’ over a brewing ‘winter of discontent’ – with Christmas ruined by soaring energy bills, shortages and Universal Credit cuts.

BP has said it will restrict deliveries of fuel because of a lack of HGV drivers, which has also impacted supermarkets and raised fears of food and even toy shortages over the Christmas period.

The oil giant is understood to have informed the Government that its ability to transport petrol and diesel from its refineries is being heavily impacted by the supply chain crisis.


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