London. A crisis has erupted in Britain just before the Boris Johnson Conservative Party convention. Motorists face enormous difficulties at gas stations. Many petrol pumps are not in use, and where there is still fuel, people often have to queue in traffic jams that stretch for miles. The reason for this is the acute shortage of truck drivers. This has already freed up some shelves in supermarkets and could drive up prices for many products.
Prime Minister Johnson remained in hiding for several days, then played down the crisis. “We are starting to see the first signs of improvement,” he said in a short clip and promised that the supply situation would be under control for Christmas.
increase in energy costs
But as if the reduction were not enough, consumers in the UK face a sharp increase in energy costs, which hits the country particularly hard as it has very little gas. And if the rate of inflation rises, interest rates could soon rise, putting many homeowners in trouble.
In addition, the “furlough scheme”, the British version of short-time work benefits, ended at the end of September. The program placed thousands of people in jobs that no longer exist. It all comes after Johnson’s unpopular decision to increase Social Security contributions, despite campaign promises to the contrary, to finance the urgently needed reform of long-term care. There is already talk of a “cost of living crisis” and a “winter of discontent”. There are fears that a large number of people may slip into poverty.
Liked by MPs
Nevertheless, political scientist Anand Menon of King’s College in London believes Tories Johnson will celebrate “like a hero” at the party convention in Manchester. “The Tory members love him and the Tory MPs also love him because he wins (the election),” Menon said in an interview with the German Press Agency. There will certainly be “quite a tough debate” about economic alternatives. But he still does not believe the prime minister is at a disadvantage, but warns: “If things get really bad financially, and especially if there is high inflation and unemployment rates, the government will be in trouble. “
Florian Fusch, who researches political behavior at the London School of Economics, also sees a risk for Johnson in a weak economy. But the renewed escalation of the pandemic could also affect the mood of conservatives in the country. DPA
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