UK to Grind to a Halt Over Gas Shortages. Again. Maybe.
Your faithful correspondent was in the UK in September 2000, during a truckers' strike that literally crippled the country. It was a scary ass reminder of the U.S. fuel shortages during the 70s Arab Oil Embargo, complete with fist-fights and long lines of cars that had run out of gas waiting for gas. It looks like UK is headed for more of the same, as 641 tanker drivers who supply 10 percent of UK petrol stations are set to strike over wages at Friday at 6am. The Times reports that the truckers are engaged in "last-ditch" talks with their employers. Meanwhile, concerns are mounting (as they say) that other fuel-price-beleaguered groups (e.g. farmers) could join a blockade of refineries and other distribution points. In a move of epic imbecility, the UK government has advised the general public not to panic– an advisory that's already set off panic pewtrol buying. There's a big difference this time 'round: after 2000, the government created an emergency plan to deal with the threat, including a significant police/military response. Unless, the strike is averted, and maybe even if it isn't, it's clear there'll be tears before bedtime.