Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Francis Maude Loves Jerrys
The government, wounded by the poor response to its pasty taxing budget and the Cruddgate scandal, is seeking ways to divert the voter's attention.
What better way than to stir up fear of a petrol shortage, caused by the looming petrol tanker drivers' strike?
Therefore over the past few days government minister shave been upping the ante, and trying to cause fear and alarm in the general public; by training troops to drive petrol tankers, advising people to fill up, calling a Cobra meeting and now step forward Francis Maude who is advising people to keep a jerry can full of petrol at home.
Aside from the fact that encouraging panic buying is irresponsible, and will cause unnecessary shortages at the pumps, to advise people to store petrol in cans at their homes and in their cars is dangerous.
Does Maude not remember last summer's riots?
Does he really want there to be unguarded cans of petrol sloshing around the place?
What would the HSE say?