Fuel chaos in UK


We had a taste of the chaos that is to come, here in the UK, yesterday, as fuel filling stations all over the country were deluged by vehicles seeking fuel.

I was almost in a motor vehicle accident myself, as I tried to get past one queue outside a petrol station. I knew as I drove past, that government incompetence was at work, but it’s an interesting mélange when you examine this particular branch of government chaos theory.

The first layer of chaos was brought about by government ministers advising the public to fill up their fuel tanks in case a fuel strike by fuel tanker drivers takes place, over Easter. This is what caused the initial visible chaos on the streets. But what underlay this, was the British public’s lemming-like state, in which they obey the orders of politicians without question, a habit inculcated into them by many decades of government-directed education at the propaganda prison factories known as ‘schools’, and also via the government-directed information channels, such as the government-owned BBC.

Alas, people didn’t make up their own minds about whether to fill up their cars. They waited to be told to do so, even though the news had already been released, that the planned strike had been postponed.

The next layer of chaos has been brought about by the government’s fostering of strikes, over many generations, to break the power of entrepreneurs.

The fuel tanker drivers who are threatening to strike – so long as they do this within government rules – are protected by government in their ability to hold the rest of us to ransom. They earn an average of around £45,000 pounds a year, a salary many in this country would be happy to take up in their stead, if the drivers were sacked for breaking their contracts, by going on strike.

In a voluntary free market of labour, unbound by government regulation, if you didn’t like your job, you would simply leave it and find a role elsewhere. And if you refused to do your job, and engaged in a strike, you would be immediately replaced by someone else who was happy to do it under the offered conditions.

(And if nobody wanted the job, the conditions would be improved, and if the conditions could not be improved sufficiently to attract anyone, the job and the related business venture would disappear, in the market’s self-cleansing process, of making the best use of scarce resources, known as creative destructionism, but I digress.)

If your jobs are so bad, tanker drivers, just leave them and go and do something else. If you think you can get the same or even more money elsewhere, for the same level or even a lower level of effort, then just what are you waiting for?

In yet another level of chaos, the reason the tanker drivers are going on strike is because government financial policies are really hacking into the UK’s standard of living. Unable to rub along on half a trillion pounds of tax income a year, the government is borrowing another £200 billion pounds a year, to waste on the salaries, expenses, and pensions, of millions of red-tape-producing and regulation-enforcing bureaucrats, and other vested-interest mouthpiece politicians.

The government is funding this ever-growing mountain of debt, to pay for all these destructive parasites, by printing much of the money via quantitative easing, and this is inflating commodity prices (such as fuel), and eating into the purchasing power of everyone else holding pounds (such as fuel tanker drivers).

Strangely, as the chaos in this country grows over the next few years, it is the regulations enforced by the bureaucrats which will get mangled to either relieve the stress they are causing in the economy, or enforced even more strongly, to try to keep a lid on the stress they are causing.

This week, for instance, drivers’ hours limit have been increased from nine hours a day to eleven hours a day, to help fuel companies get more fuel to petrol stations. Although these questions won’t be asked outside of web sites like this one, this throws up a couple of points.

If it is ‘totally unsafe’ for tanker drivers to drive for more than nine hours a day, then has the government just introduced untold dangers onto Britain’s streets, as half-asleep tanker drivers fall asleep at the wheels of their trucks containing forty tons of gasoline, by driving up to eleven hours?

Or, if it is ‘safe’ for tanker drivers to be on the road for eleven hours, has the nine-hour rule been wrong all this time, and if it has, which set of bureaucrats are going to be sacked for introducing this and maintaining this unnecessary economic restriction? And why will it be re-introduced next week, if it is unnecessary?

But let’s not dig any deeper into that realm of government regulatory chaos, or we’ll be here till the end of time.

Let us just prepare instead for much more of this kind of thing to come, as paper money continue’s its relentless collapse, after its failing forty-one year total fiat experiment.

About Andy Duncan

An Austrian Internet Vigilante trying to live Outside the Asylum
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