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The view from the panic-buying petrol queue

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I HAD hoped that as the months slipped by after the first lockdown, more and more people would wake up to the daily doom-mongering by the media and parliamentarians. I’d hoped that having fear constantly pumped into their living rooms and car radios would shake the nation out of its apathy and it would start to question the lies and exaggeration filtered through print and broadcast media. How wrong I was.

A shopping trip to Tesco yesterday should have taken only half an hour. Remember last year when the media reported on a shortage of household essentials which resulted in mass panic buying across the country? Well, this time, it’s fuel, with the newspapers (the Sun, in particular) hysterically yelling that we’re going to run out of petrol, which has led to massive queues at filling stations across the country. The tailback to Tesco’s petrol pumps was half a mile long.

As we headed for home much later, another major queue was forming for the Jet garage, causing problems for those looking to get in and out of the village. The tailbacks are going to be a nightmare and anger will no doubt rise, though directed at the wrong people. The mainstream media, and certainly print media, is where the vitriol should go, though many of those sitting in their cars, waiting for their turn to fill up, should take a good long look in the mirror.

To be honest, I’d expected this. A good majority in this country have lost their collective minds over a very weak virus, many of them still wearing masks, still spraying their trolley handles and scrubbing their hands as they enter shops, pubs and supermarkets, and obeying social distance restrictions. It’s no wonder they’re queueing for petrol in their droves, ensuring that many others will have to journey further to find petrol stations or go without.

Last year everybody would have had their essentials had they kept their heads and shopped appropriately, but they were scared out of their minds by a media which has spent the last 20 months convincing the population that we’re living through the bubonic plague. Same with this supposed fuel crisis. A problem that could have been contained is now out of control because the media is once again scaring the population into thinking that there’ll be no fuel and the panic buyers are out in force.

There will be an awful lot of people going short, whether on essentials or petrol, over the coming weeks while those in need of their car for commuting may be forced to use public transport instead because of the gullible panic-buying bedwetters. Ironically, it’s this type of person who has called the unvaccinated ‘selfish’ over the last few months. There’s no reaching the perpetually stupid.

I wish that this nation would adopt some common sense, but its collective sanity has gone out of the window.

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Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey is a social conservative and mental health carer.

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