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Tanker Drivers To Be Blamed For Q2 Gdp Fall?

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Will the tanker drivers be blamed for a negative Q2 2012?

Mystic Merv already seems to be blaming the Jubilee even before we've got that far so it would seem reasonable that the govt will blame the tanker drivers for a poor quarter now. Will everything be done to drag this out further?

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IMO the government is currently encouraging panic buying in the hope that the surge in demand for fuel will boost Q1 gdp and help avoid a potential double dip recession.

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Bloke on the train in front of me said the same thing a few minutes ago. This is being encouraged so we spend more on fuel this quarter and help avoid negative growth for the second of the two quarters needed to define another recession.

Not sure myself as this would require intelligence above that displayed by politicians in general.

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[quote name='Eabasher' timestamp='1333003677' post='909002306']
IMO the government is currently encouraging panic buying in the hope that the surge in demand for fuel will boost Q1 gdp and help avoid a potential double dip recession.
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Same thought crossed my mind.

It's funny how everyone complains about the price of fuel, yet they can afford extra at moments like this.

It's still cheaper than most beers at the pub..

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There's no grand plot here - it's just that the media are playing the whole thing up as usual to get viewers/readers. Smart politicians can get on the bandwagon and the petrol companies can profit from the resulting panic. The usual dynamic of mainstream media and VIs feeding off each other.

If there was a real chance of serious, prolonged, widespread disruption to the fuel supplies, I'd expect that the strikers would be pretty promptly reclassified as 'terrorists' and appropriate measures taken to secure fuel distribution.

As it is, plenty of sensational reports, plenty of increased petrol buying and who knows if anything will actually happen.

That said, I'd certainly keep the tank topped up, just in case. And think about how to minimise fuel use by cutting out non-essential journeys. But then we should all be doing that anyway.

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[quote name='Eabasher' timestamp='1333003677' post='909002306']
IMO the government is currently encouraging panic buying in the hope that the surge in demand for fuel will boost Q1 gdp and help avoid a potential double dip recession.
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as was already said this is a deliberate move but personally i think its a 2 fold objective,.

1. / remove focus on cameron and the tory party allowing larger donors to ' influence ' Democratic policy making ( thats a laugh - ther word ' democracy ' )..........the most damaging story this week which strangely now has a blanket news ban on it pretty much.

2. / refocus attention by ' Inducing ' FEAR in the population and at the same time rake in a few more pounds.

I think you will see this more and more in time , the use of FEAR to influence spending and buying etc and also borrowing.

Whats telling is that i dont seem to be able to find one story where cameron tells people not to panic buy and its unusally quiet from the top which to me indicates this was a story from the top that they encouraged maude to release about ' stocking up '.

Whats sad is just how Myopic and afraid and lemming like most humans are.

In cornwall there are cues everywhere for petrol now , panic buying and FEAR and the people who are using this for Political gain etc are f....EVIL

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[quote name='Tin Foil Hat' timestamp='1333004457' post='909002313']
Bloke on the train in front of me said the same thing a few minutes ago. This is being encouraged so we spend more on fuel this quarter and help avoid negative growth for the second of the two quarters needed to define another recession.

Not sure myself as this would require intelligence above that displayed by politicians in general.
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Well good job they are not the one is charge who make the decisions then.

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[quote name='Sour Mash' timestamp='1333017491' post='909002513']
There's no grand plot here -

You really dont think politicians leak stories and say things to divert attention from what amounts to the Tory cheif fundraiser offering dinners with Cameron in exchange for £250,000 and as a result Direct influence on the policy making of a Democratic system ?

Notice how much that is covered today in the news ?

redirect attention is the first mechanism political parties use and this story of petrol shortage has been blown up for Political reasons.

Take ed millibands comment today which claimed the Tory aprt are using Petrol for ' Political gain ' ........?????? what does he mean by that ??? thats right , its a spin story to divert attention .

its nice to think this is just all a mistake and part of the nature of media etc but its not , its all very calculated and timed.

No mention of the petrol driver strikes in the media at all until 1 day after the fund raiser / £250,000 bribes to camerons party broke and now its all about petrol in the news and zero about what amounts to one of the most politically damaging stories in history.

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I am sure some back room shadowy figure from the Bilderberg club or institute of international affairs is making sure this round of staged events occurs just to plan, so we end up with some other law in place to keep us in line, or financially get raped, just so they can continue their insane agenda.

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[quote name='jimmyhill' timestamp='1333018447' post='909002536']
There's no grand plot here -

You really dont think politicians leak stories and say things to divert attention from what amounts to the Tory cheif fundraiser offering dinners with Cameron in exchange for £250,000 and as a result Direct influence on the policy making of a Democratic system ?

Notice how much that is covered today in the news ?

redirect attention is the first mechanism political parties use and this story of petrol shortage has been blown up for Political reasons.

Take ed millibands comment today which claimed the Tory aprt are using Petrol for ' Political gain ' ........?????? what does he mean by that ??? thats right , its a spin story to divert attention .

its nice to think this is just all a mistake and part of the nature of media etc but its not , its all very calculated and timed.

No mention of the petrol driver strikes in the media at all until 1 day after the fund raiser / £250,000 bribes to camerons party broke and now its all about petrol in the news and zero about what amounts to[b] one of the most politically damaging stories in history[/b].
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:lol: :lol: Overkill much i can only assume youve had retrograde amnesia since birth

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[quote name='Georgia O'Keeffe' timestamp='1333019067' post='909002549']
:lol: :lol: Overkill much i can only assume youve had retrograde amnesia since birth
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Delation does that to you.

I can remember back to the days it would cost Bernie Ecclestone £1,000,000 for much the same thing.

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[quote name='Eabasher' timestamp='1333003677' post='909002306']
IMO the government is currently encouraging panic buying in the hope that the surge in demand for fuel will boost Q1 gdp and help avoid a potential double dip recession.
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Don't forget the "windfall" of extra sales of Jerry Cans - [url="http://www.itv.com/news/update/2012-03-29/halford-demand-for-jerry-cans-soars/"]Halfords is reporting a 467 percent rise in sales of Jerry cans[/url]

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[quote name='jimmyhill' timestamp='1333017897' post='909002523']
I think you will see this more and more in time , the use of FEAR to influence spending and buying etc and also borrowing.
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If you haven't already seen it, I recommend you track down a copy of 'The Power of Nightmares' as recently discussed in a thread here.

Politicians have cottoned on to the power of frightening people instead of trying to con them with promises of a better tomorrow that they are manifestly going to be unable to deliver (due to looking after the interests of entrenched, powerful VIs instead of the public).

It's much easier to create a climate of fear (especially with a compliant mainstream news media that sees profit out of fear too) to get people to do what you want and it distracts attention from your own mistakes and shortcomings.

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