Don’t panic! Call for calm at the pumps

I THINK the panic-buying of petrol and fuel by people was a bit silly and shouldn’t have happened as, at that time, nobody had actually gone on strike and the unions were still working on a deal and they said they were not going to strike until after Easter anyway.

But people have long memories and remember the last fuel strike which was total chaos and they didn’t want to be caught out.

In theory they were just being prepared I suppose. I think if the Government had given more detailed information on what was happening then people would have had a clearer understanding of what was going on.

Clearly a lack of communication and not knowing what was happening has led to confusion, panic-buying and fear of having an empty tank if you were going long distance. There was also the awful incident of the poor woman who suffered 40 per cent burns to her body after trying to pour petrol in her kitchen.

Hopefully the unions will resolve this matter and there will be no strikes at all as everybody will suffer if they do go on strike. Businesses of all kinds could suffer if the strikes go ahead.

Everybody will suffer in some way or another. People do not need this headache – the country is skint already without adding more problems to it, so I do hope they sort it out.


Rydal Grove


I READ with interest your piece on the recent panic-buying of petrol.

The article’s heading was ‘Panic at the pumps after strike fears,’ whilst the talks were going on. The possible strike was by no means a foregone conclusion, other phrases utilised were ‘threatened to strike’ and ‘expected to strike’ and yet no mention was made of Francis Maude MP’s ill-thought-out comments about stockpiling fuel, which probably did a heck of a lot more to cause the panic buying than any mention of a strike.


Staincliffe road