Sell Britain with giblets to American capital?
Can well-mannered, law-abiding and God-fearing gentlemen give each other cuffs and kicks while rolling on the asphalt right outside the gas station? They can, if they stood all morning in a queue for gasoline just to make sure that the tanks are empty and no delivery is expected. And if it happens in Britain, which is looking for a new role for itself after the triumph of local separatists who arranged an exit (Brexit) from Europe.
An ugly scene involving 8-10 angry men was described on Twitter by Briton Danny Altman. Not at all a blissful picture of instantly spoiled morals, as soon as the islanders faced a shortage of fuel at gas stations, the author came to the conclusion: “I am now formally in the post-Brexit Wild West.” (I am now officially in the Wild West after Brexit.)
Exaggeration, of course. Britain is still a long way from the triumph of the morals of the American cowboys shooting from the hip. Interruptions in the delivery of fuel are caused only by the outflow of fuel truck drivers from the continent, who did not agree with the deterioration of their working conditions. The government has issued a firefighting permit to stamp three-month entry visas for 5,000 heavy truck drivers from across the English Channel. However, visas are temporary and will not help close the gap. Britain is short of about 100,000 drivers.
The problem is massive. As explained by Andrew Opie, senior executive at the British Retail Consortium, “Drivers are the glue that holds our supply chains together.” (drivers are the glue that holds our supply chains together)…
Adversity from all sides
Other sectors of the British economy are also in a fever. The slaughterhouses lacked craftsmen capable of butchering animal carcasses, and now there is no one to skin 120 thousand pigs prepared for slaughter. Local cassandras scare fellow citizens that this year there will not be even a Christmas turkey on the tables.
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The hotel business has become alarmed, having lost its hired workers. The reason was the government’s instruction not to let those who were classified as “low-skilled workers” into the country. The captains of the hospitality industry claim that their business does not belong to low-skilled labor and cite as proof of the profession of a chef and sommelier.
The source of the shortage in the UK employment market is that pandemic-triggered lockdowns have undermined the health of the catering and hospitality sectors. In general, about 1.3 million migrant workers “left” and returned home from the British Isles. In July-August, one million vacancies were registered.
In addition to the subsidence of the labor market, there was a shortage of essential goods. The official wording is intended to reassure: they say, “the crisis of supply chains” (supply chain crisis)… There is not enough carbon dioxide, which is contrary to environmentalists, but necessary for cooling meat, as well as for the production of soft drinks and, most importantly, the British elixir of calmness – beer.
General practitioners are sounding the alarm when they send patients for blood tests – there are no tubes. They are shipped mainly by an American firm Beckton Dickinson, that is, it is imported goods. The overseas company clarified the supply disruption: “There were transport problems associated with ports, cargo volumes, aircraft chartering, as well as difficulties crossing the British border.”… This is what post-Brexit looks like.
However, the most sensitive to the well-being of the British economy and households was the unprecedented rise in the cost of electricity. Over the past 12 months, the price per megawatt-hour has increased by almost 7 times. The hype around the urgently needed natural gas, fueled by the reliance on electricity from solar panels and wind turbines, has led to a full-blown crisis.
The “invisible hand of the market” is unable to fill up the shortage of the economy’s most important blood flow – energy overnight. Underground gas storage facilities on the continent are emptied at a foxtrot pace. Qatari and American LNG, as usual, briskly rushed to the premium Asian markets, where a steady rise has been noted. The swara between Algeria and Morocco and Libya’s continued internal pipeline is depriving Europe of sustainable North African hydrocarbons from bottom pipelines. Norway has natural limits for increasing production from old, slowly depleting fields in the North Sea.
At the same time, Gazprom, as the only potential savior of the European chemical industry, thermal power plants and households, continues to be discriminated against while completely violating the “sacred” principles of the free market.
Thatcher’s shadow peeped out from behind a cloud
In a fuel crisis, Boris Johnson’s government has little choice. Coal-fired power plants were ignited. However, the European coal market is hysterical, prices have skyrocketed, offers are scarce and new suppliers are not expected. Two British utilities Avro Energy and green supplier, which served more than 800 thousand customers, went bankrupt.
When Prime Minister Boris Johnson (BoJo) was asked in an interview if the tumble of socio-economic problems that had rolled out at once was the result of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, he did not deny it. True, he claims that everything, they say, is going according to plan, that the queues at the gas stations and the washing out of foreign workers is an inevitable process of restructuring, which means getting rid of a pernicious economic model based on low wages.
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The third person in his office, Foreign Minister Liz Truss, provides an ideological basis for doing nothing: “I do not believe in a command-and-control economy.” (I don’t believe in command-and-control economics) – here, they say, everything is based on free enterprise. Therefore, there is nothing to blame for the first minister, even if business deals with the shortage of resources and labor.
The logic of Liz Truss and BoJo is reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher’s explanation at the time when she set about reshaping the entire socio-economic structure of Britain under the slogan “The fittest survives.” The Iron Lady then, with shameless frankness, announced to her fellow citizens: before everything is good, it will be bad.
The first part of the prophecy did not come true. The de-industrialization of the former workshop of the world, which began as a result of Thatcher’s reforms, the purchase of its industrial assets by the Germans and even Indians, the swelling of the financial sector with the hypertrophy of speculative capital and offshore companies – all together sent Britain down a downward trajectory. Brexit only accelerated the fall.
The secret meaning of Brexit?
The honor and dignity of the inhabitants of the British Isles should be attributed to their ability to relate to the vicissitudes of fate, stoically, demonstrating a sense of humor. Here are a couple of statements from Londoners: “It’s not all bad. I could not buy bread and milk today, but I can easily hold out on chocolate bars “ (I can live on chocolate bars)… Or: “Yes, I could not get gasoline. But that’s okay, I decided to skip going to work today anyway.” (I decided to skip work anyway)… Nevertheless, by and large, the British now have no time for jokes.
How, in this case, can one explain the equanimity of those in power? Perhaps Boris Johnson foresaw Hamlet’s “sea of troubles” that hit Britain (“Sea of Troubles”), but considered it collateral damage when Britain’s status, role and place in the world changed?
What are we talking about? According to the eccentric left-wing radical blogger prophet Umar Haq, “Britain will eventually become like the 51st American state. Its National Health System and the BBC will become the property of American hedge funds, its population will be fed on American food, and its citizens will be poisoned by the American garbage culture. “…
More significant is another conclusion of the sarcastic blogger: “Britain has only one chance today – to be Americanized. This has always represented the final stage of Brexit – to sell Britain and the giblets to American capital. “…
One can doubt that the ruling class of the former ruler of the seas will agree to fade into the background. Nevertheless, in conditions when regionalization argues with globalization, when a tendency to create closed territorial alliances is taking shape, it is precisely as a junior partner or even an informal dominion of the United States that Britain has a chance to remain the leader among the countries of the “golden billion”.
In this context, the rupture of trade and economic ties with continental Europe, the sudden secession arranged by the Brexiters, acquire the character of a multi-step strategy. Its end result may be the formation of an institutionalized Anglo-Saxon alliance led by the “big two” – the United States and Britain.
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