Nearly half of Britons blame the media for the shortage of fuel at the petrol pumps while one-in-five blames the government, according to a poll.
A YouGov poll from Tuesday of 3,361 adults in Great Britain found that 47 per cent blamed the media for petrol stations running out of fuel, a criticism made by Reclaim Party Deputy Leader Martin Daubney who said on Sunday that “the petrol panic was fuelled by media hysteria”.
“COVID, climate, Brexit, food/fuel shortages: the media is addicted to catastrophe. And social media laps it up,” Mr Daubney added.
Others made the same observation, including Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen, who said on Tuesday: “Friends of mine in the fuel industry say there is no shortage of fuel and the minor shortage of drivers is the same as it has been for years. This is totally a media ‘fuelled’ panic buying crisis. Interestingly it