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Thank you, Tories, we’ve never had it so bad


THE Times said yesterday that food prices are on the way back down: ‘Supermarkets have told ministers that food prices have peaked and will start falling significantly in the coming months.’

Does anyone really believe this? Anyway, even if they do, prices are never going to reduce to pre-pandemic levels. I have no doubt that I will be paying £2.99 for a block of cheddar at Lidl for a long time yet.

The Times report continued: ‘The Treasury held a call with leading supermarkets after Andrew Bailey, governor of the Bank of England, blamed the “very big underlying shock” for stubbornly high inflation. The Bank raised interest rates for the twelfth consecutive time, from 4.25 per cent to 4.5 per cent, increasing mortgage costs by hundreds of pounds for millions of people. Ministers are concerned that food price inflation has proved more “sticky” despite falling energy prices.’

Sticky. Is that so? That must explain how, when I was out for a rare coffee with baby John in Costa, my usual choice (I get nearly the cheapest) had risen to £3. What fresh hell was this? I could have sworn it was £2.85 a week or so previously. At this rate I am just going to have to lock the whole family down; if you stay indoors and offline you cannot spend any money.

What the public needs to understand is that these astronomical price rises are ALL the result of government actions and that the government has destroyed the economy. Much of the public happily went along with it. 

First, let’s talk about furlough. Yes, how is that furlough working out for you? Did people not realise that while they were being bribed to stay at home, while the government shut the economy down (I call it a population pacification scheme: the Americans did a version in Vietnam) and literally gave them money for nothing, that this furlough would come back to haunt us all? 

How many times have parents said to the kids there is no such thing as a free lunch? Said parents flocked to Eat Out to Help Out which literally gave them half their lunch ‘free’, the other half being paid for by the funny-money furlough cash?  

Or let’s take this quite confused analysis from the Times: ‘Some government policies have helped reduce inflation, notably the household cap on energy prices which has been extended to July. But the fiscal support means the economy is likely to grow faster this year, as people have more income to spend. This increasing demand for goods and services will keep inflation up.’

How can anyone write the sentence: ‘Some government policies have helped reduce inflation . . .’? Even by the time the reader gets to the end of that paragraph it is clear that the government-imposed cap on energy prices also contributed to inflation as it kept energy prices artificially low.

Speaking of energy prices, do you still have your Ukraine flag up, or did you replace it with your Coronation bunting? As we know the war in the Ukraine has been responsible for pushing up food prices and although the government were not directly responsible for starting the war, they do seem hell-bent on continuing it. You will remember Boris Johnson flying in to get the handshake with Zelensky every other week. Sunak wasn’t much better and opted for the ‘two little boys had two little toys’ while wearing Army fatigues photo-op as soon as he got elected. 

Why, only this week, ‘The UK has confirmed it is supplying Ukraine with long-range missiles it requested for its fight against invading Russian forces. The Storm Shadow cruise missile has a range of over 250km (155 miles), according to the manufacturer.’  Thanks so much, manufacturer, good to see you getting free advertising on the BBC. The military-industrial complex is always with us. No one seems to be interested in bringing this war to an end so food prices will remain high.

So here we all are after 12 years of Tory rule, with record high immigration (might hit 700,000 pa), zero Brexit laws repealed, a tax burden the highest for 70 years, interest rates increased for the 12th consecutive time, and inflation at 10.1 per cent. It’s not just the numbers though, is it? I am sure, dear reader, like me you can feel it. You can literally feel the demise. Everything has got rough.

Take toilet paper. We have had to trade down, way down to the very cheapest Lidl supply. I am not sure you can call it paper as it is so rough but whatever it is, it is not a pleasant experience. Then there are the towels. Obviously only a lunatic would tumble dry a towel, so they are rough too. If you do venture out the door, say for a school run, you must negotiate the pot-holes. They make for a rough ride. Just what is it about the pot-holes? There are so many and they are so large. Some are so big they may have been created by one of those long-range missiles I talked about previously.

However, Tory rule has shortened my interactions with the kids. Every request that starts with, Can you get . . ? is answered with a simple No. They don’t even bother to argue any more.

All in all it’s been a bad year so far, but please tell me more about Penny Mordaunt’s arms.

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