I SEE TROUBLE AHEAD

There is no doubt we are heading for some huge problems in the months ahead. Inflation is becoming a very serious concern, it is already almost 6% and that is before the huge increases in energy costs that are coming in April. It is by no means impossible that we are looking at double digitContinue reading "I SEE TROUBLE AHEAD"

I SEE TROUBLE AHEAD

There is no doubt we are heading for some huge problems in the months ahead. Inflation is becoming a very serious concern, it is already almost 6% and that is before the huge increases in energy costs that are coming in April. It is by no means impossible that we are looking at double digit inflation by the summer at this rate.

For those on a fixed income, in particular pensioners that will whittle away what little savings they may have, struggling to survive on a disgustingly low pension, amongst the lowest in the developed world. At the same time the costs to heat and light their homes will be going through the roof. For many it will prove an impossible task.

Food, heat and light are a necessary expenditure. You can’t afford not to have access to food and energy without very serious health consequences. Asking a single parent to choose between putting food on the table for their children or keeping their house warm is not a choice that any parent should have to face.

For that reason pressure on wages will increase, it always does take off when inflation arrives. That will result in a big rise in industrial disruption. That could also impact a very fragile work environment as the GOVERNMENT, being heavily lobbied by the Hedge funds, who are badly exposed due to the underutilised city centre offices and shopping centres, to insist on a end to working at home meets massive resistance from workers who see no benefit in facing huge costs rises in having to pay for transport to work again.

All bad enough but the media are working overtime to not point the finger at the reasons. Top of the list would be Brexit. That is a huge part of the reason for the rising prices. They like to blame a shortage of lorry drivers, ignoring the fact that Brexit was the reason big numbers of foreign drivers were forced to leave the UK. Imported goods are soaring in price and while Scotland is a net food exporter England is the most densely populated country in Europe and a major food importer.

The problems for Scotland are massive and again the media are covering it up. They could have had headlines like “ Scottish fish and shellfish exports are hammered since Brexit. Meat exports collapse. Scottish dairy exports are being destroyed in front of our eyes”

Have you seen these headlines? Of course not, much of the media supported Brexit, the last thing they want to do is highlight the disastrous result of that policy.

To make matters worse, smaller independent companies are being the worst hit. Having to take on additional office staff to handle the mountain of additional paperwork involved in exporting as a non EU member can effectively remove any profits. The result? Big numbers of smaller companies are withdrawing from the export markets all together. So those exports are lost to Scotland. But it does not end there, if there are fewer vehicles heading South then that means there are fewer vehicles travelling North with return loads. The result? More empty shelves in Scottish supermarkets.

So why the photo of Boris at the top of the page? Because that is where the media focus is concentrated. Far easier than explaining to people what damage Brexit is doing. Yes Boris would still be in the frame, as would the majority of his .government as it is them who are responsible for the mess we are all in.

I want him to go and take a lot of his colleagues with him. Attending a drinks party would be the least charge I would levy, the complete destruction of hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of jobs in Scotland would be top of my list.

It would be good to hear the Scottish Government highlighting this message.

I am, as always

Yours for Scotland

BEAT THE CENSORS

Sadly some sites had given up on being pro Indy sites and have decided to become merely pro SNP sites where any criticism of the Party Leader or opposition to the latest policy extremes, results in censorship being applied. This, in the rather over optimistic belief that this will suppress public discussion on such topics. My regular readers have expertly worked out that by regularly sharing articles on this site defeats that censorship and makes it all rather pointless. I really do appreciate such support and free speech in Scotland is remaining unaffected by their juvenile censorship. Indeed it is has become a symptom of weakness and guilt. Quite encouraging really.

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