Susannah Reid this morning slammed the government over the fuel crisis – and asked “where are they?” Because the ministers refused to appear on TV.
The Good Morning Britain host said it was “firecrackers” that no senior officials would attend the event today amid the chaotic scenes at the pumps.
It comes as soldiers prepare to man tankers to refuel at petrol stations as thousands of Britons panic.
Fights have broken out in the courtyards and it is claimed that up to 90 per cent of the pumps have dried up.
But despite the disaster unfolding, a top Tory will not be interviewed on the morning show, Susannah said.
“We don’t have any ministers in the program, despite the fact that there is a shortage of petrol on the forecourt,” she said.
His co-star Alistair Campbell said that “people are waking up” to find that “the army will be called in to drive the trucks.”
“Everyone is worried about running out of food,” Susannah said.
“We don’t want to panic, but clearly people are worried right now because there is a huge shortage of HGV drivers.”
The pair condemned the decision, calling it “extraordinary”.
“Where’s the government? Why aren’t they here today?” Susanna said.
“It’s something like what your morning looks like with firecrackers, after queuing for hours over the weekend, in some cases, to get fuel.
“I know a lot of blame is placed on individuals – ‘stop panic, stop filling up’ – but people have to drive and you can’t blame them if they sense they’re at the back of the queue in a hurry. To try to come.”
Presenters spoke of their fury as it emerged that the army could be drafted to help carry 80 fuel tankers to stations if the prime minister signs off on Operation Escaline today.
It can see that “several hundred soldiers” operate the HGV to refill the pumps.
It comes like this…
- Petrol supply has been robbed with industry data showing that 85% of stations have run out of fuel
- Controversy has erupted in the courtyard – including dramatic scenes between moped drivers
- Competition laws have been suspended in an attempt to stop panic buying
- UK’s second largest oil refinery falls over £223 million VAT payment
- While going to emergency an ambulance crashes into traffic waiting for petrol
- Grant Shapps blames haulers for chaotic scenes
- List of fueled petrol stations can be found here
However, the massive campaign could start only after 10 days of being given the green light.
This means that it is feared that the petrol crisis will last for at least a week. PM is going to have an emergency meeting today.
Boris will likely offer the government a reserve fleet of petrol tankers so that the country can get back on track.
The proposal is under “active consideration”, a government source told The. told Wire.
Downing Street said last night that no decision had yet been made on whether to deploy the military, with the Defense Ministry confirming that no official request had been made.
Despite this, a Whitehall insider has confirmed to Playbook that Boris is looking at the plan seriously.
The source warned that soldiers still need to be trained – which could take some time.
Army ‘Draft In’
He warned that the race to buy fuel could still subside within the next 24 hours.
A senior government source also told The Times, “We are hoping that this will settle because after some time people can no longer store petrol in any way.”
“There isn’t a problem with the supply, it’s a question of getting it to the pumps.
“But it’s better to act now and raise the army rather than wait later. It’s a no-brainer.”
However, there may be trouble before the situation returns to normal.
According to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents most fuel stations in the UK, estimates are up to 90 per cent dry.
Millions of people have been urged to remain calm as petrol-hungry drivers go back to work on Monday morning – but weekend queues suggest the devastation is not over.
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