In Britain, Rising Costs and Shortages Evoke 1970s-Fashion Jitters

For the opposition Labor Party, which struggled to attack the government despite the pandemic-inspired national solidarity, beating the Tories over the high cost of living is a simple strategy. Some analysts predict a series of humiliating reversals for Mr Johnson, starting with the potential impact of the tax hikes.

“When articles are written in conservative newspapers about a return to the seventies, it is a blinking red sign of conservative government,” said Tony Travers, professor of politics at the London School of Economics. He noted a maxim in British politics: “Opposition does not win elections; Governments lose them. “

The specter of fuel shortages appeared to be greatest on Friday. Long lines formed at some petrol stations in London while others reported that they were working normally. Priya Dela, a cashier at a busy Texaco station in West Norwood, southeast London, said her gas station may run out of fuel at the end of the day.

Ragu Thangavel, a manager at an Esso station in Brighton, said he was out of diesel by Friday morning and he expects to run out of fuel by evening. “There have been long lines since this morning,” he said, adding that he had not been told when his next delivery would arrive.

Oil giant BP said several of its gas stations had closed due to a lack of unleaded and diesel fuel. Tesco, a supermarket chain that operates gas stations, said it is temporarily closed in some areas. The problem is not the fuel supply, said Gordon Balmer, executive director of the Petrol Retailers Association, but the lack of trained truck drivers for transportation.

The challenge of finding and paying qualified drivers affects not only the fuel sector, but other sectors as well. With drivers retiring and approval replacement being delayed due to the pandemic, the labor pool has shrunk despite increased demand. That drove up wages. Tom Binks, the managing director of Peter Green Chilled, a refrigerated and frozen food transport company, said he had to increase the pay of his 60 or so drivers by 35 percent since April to keep them.

New Britain to Host Nice American Increase Drive-In Model Fireworks Tonight – NBC Connecticut

The 4th of July is here and hardly any other holiday is so synonymous with fireworks! Some of these shows were canceled last year due to COVID-19, but many are back in action this year.

One show that lights up the night sky is the Great American Boom in New Britain.

The show kicks off at 9:15 a.m. tonight with parking for the event, which opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 9 a.m.

During the show, guests are expected to stay in their vehicle except to go to the bathroom.

Officials encourage those who wish to see fireworks to come and watch instead of setting them off themselves.

Most fireworks are not legal in the state of Connecticut, and the list of illegal actions is much longer.

You cannot buy or sell fireworks without a license. It’s also illegal to buy fireworks in another state and bring them back to Connecticut – this includes fireworks and sky rockets. None of them should be used unless in the hands of a professional.

So what is legal? Sparklers and fountains are legal, but the fire department says you should still use caution when using them.

“It’s much more dangerous because of the projectile and the shooting,” said Groton City Fire Department chief Edward Sargent.

“Only adults should handle it. Children shouldn’t handle them. They should be outside, away from buildings. Get away from the woods because they can still start a fire, “added Sargent.

If the fireworks rains tonight, the rain date will be set for tomorrow night.

American-style voter ID legal guidelines are coming to Britain

May 15, 2021

V.OTING IN MAINLAND UK is amazingly easy. You show up at a polling station and give your name and address. An officer finds your name on a list, draws a line through the list, and then gives you your ballot. The question must have occurred to many people: Couldn’t someone else pretend to be me?

Listen to this story

Your browser doesn’t support this

Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS or Android.

A lot of Britons believe that a lot happens. In early 2019, pollster Ipsos MORI found that 58% of respondents thought someone else was a serious problem at the national level. When asked why they thought so, some said they had heard of fraud in the media, while others cited local rumors. Some said it was just human nature.

In fact, personal identification was once widespread in Northern Ireland, which is why the province has required identification since 1985. It is extremely rare elsewhere in the UK. If someone shows up at a polling station and finds that their name has already been crossed out, they will receive a “written out” ballot. Only 1,359 of them were issued in the December 2019 general election out of a constituency of 47.5 million, and ballots cast are issued for other reasons as well. Personal fraud was alleged 33 times that year, resulting in a conviction and a warning.

Still, the government judges the threat to the democratic process to be sufficient to warrant a major change in electoral rules. On May 11, she announced that she would legally require personal voters to produce photo identification. This is more difficult in the UK, where people do not need to carry ID, than in countries where they do. Driving licenses and passports are accepted. This also applies to the bus passes of pensioners and the “blue badges” held by disabled people. Anyone without an approved photo ID can apply for a free card.

Such a change would not stop many people from voting. Seven local authorities asked voters for various forms of identification in May 2019 after warning they would do so. On average, 0.4% of potential voters who were asked for ID did not show it, were turned away and did not return to the polling station.

But many more could come to the conclusion that voting has become too cumbersome and no longer cares. “Not everyone is as excited about elections as we are,” says Jess Garland of the Electoral Reform Society, who speaks out against the change. Each effect is likely to be uneven. A poll for the government found that 10% of non-whites were less likely to vote in person if they had to show photo identification, compared with 5% of whites.

This article appeared in the UK section of the print edition under the heading “The End of Innocence”.

Piers Morgan quits ‘Good Morning Britain’ after Meghan Markle feedback

Photographer | Collection | Getty Images

Piers Morgan is leaving ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” morning show after receiving backlash Monday over his comments on Meghan Markle.

The news comes shortly after UK broadcaster Ofcom said it was investigating Morgan after more than 41,000 people complained.

“After talking to ITV, Piers Morgan has decided that now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain,” the network said in a statement on Tuesday. “ITV accepted this decision and nothing more to add.”

Just hours earlier, Morgan was called by co-host Alex Beresford on Good Morning Britain for his behavior towards the Duchess of Sussex. Beresford said Morgan has been relentlessly critical of Meghan over the past few years, citing comments Morgan made that challenged Meghan’s truthfulness when she spoke about her suicidal thoughts.

“I understand you don’t like Meghan Markle,” Beresford told Morgan. “You have made it so clear several times in this program. Several times. And I understand that you have or had a personal relationship with Meghan Markle and she cut you off. She has the right to cut you off.” If she wants. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she did, but you keep breaking her anyway. “

The incident in the air caused Morgan to walk off the set.

Beresford called after him and said the move was “pathetic”.

“This is absolutely diabolical behavior,” added Beresford with Morgan off-camera. “I’m sorry, but Piers spits regularly and we all have to sit there and listen – it was incredibly difficult to see, incredibly difficult to see yesterday, from 6:30 to 7:00.”

Morgan later reappeared on the set and retraced some of his remarks on Meghan. He said it was not his position to question their sanity.

The broadcaster’s recent comments on Meghan relate to an explosive interview she and Prince Harry gave Oprah Winfrey that aired on Sunday in the US and Monday in the UK. More than 17.1 million people in the states set for the event and over 12 million viewers watched the UK broadcast, according to information from ITV on Tuesday.

The interview delved into the reasons the couple had decided to leave England and break away from their royal duties. Meghan and Harry brought up what they said was a lack of support Meghan received when she went to the palace about mental health issues, the denial of security protection for the family, and the concerns of some kings about how the skin tone of their son Archie would be if he did it once was born.

Queen Elizabeth said Tuesday that the royal family will address Harry and Meghan’s allegations of racism at Buckingham Palace.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.