News Roundtable   Oct 1, 2021

Fuel crisis, panic buying & HGV driver shortages

With Tom Reddy, Liz Webster, Julian Jessop & Lucy Webster


In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by transport consultant and manager Tom Reddy; chair of Save British Farming, Liz Webster; independent economist Julian Jessop and political journalist and writer, Lucy Webster.

The conversation begins by discussing the HGV driver shortages and how we can attract more young talent to the industry. They consider increases in pay, unsociable hours, driver conditions, the impact of Brexit, and the negative public perception that currently exists around the industry. 

The discussion moves on to talk about the panic buying of fuel and how the situation has escalated despite government ministers insisting that there is no shortage. Guests debate whether the media, government or public are to blame for the surge, and what impact these shortages are having on the UK economy.

Guests also share their reactions to Keir Starmer’s first in-person Labour Party conference speech, discuss concerns for the agriculture sector and deliberate whether collectivity, these issues are likely to put a dent in the popularity of the British government. 

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Episode published: Oct 1, 2021

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