Are you letting the Tories cynically distract from the cost-of-living threat with a foreign war?

Distraction: the price of fuel is rocketing – along with food, energy and taxes. Boris Johnson’s solution: “Look over there at Russia and Ukraine!”

Sometimes you need to read a good, honest rant to get back your sense of perspective.

We’re all aware of the situation between Russia and Ukraine – the war that is now in its 16th day; the horrific cost in human life and property; the refugee crisis; all the rest of it. It is horrifying and as a nation the UK should do everything it can.

Bearing that in mind, we should also refuse to allow ourselves to be distracted from a huge threat to our own well-being that has been forced on us by our government and from which the mass media are trying to distract us – with the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

If that confuses or angers you, just read the following, found on Facebook:

I’m getting fed up to the back teeth with our government’s barefaced refusal to even address the cost of living crisis.

The price of diesel at Shell in Newton Stewart went past the £2 a litre mark this morning; we’re being told energy bills will be capped at £3k by the end of the year (that’s something like a 300% rise over the last 18 months); food is either skyrocketing in price or is now coming in smaller sizes for the same price and the idea of simply driving ANYWHERE now feels like a major investment or the need for a mortgage.

The newspapers, TV and radio are spending 99% of their time and energy focusing on the Ukraine situation, which is just a Godzilla-sized dead cat to most Brits now – and I know that sounds heartless but all we can do is sanction Russia and the oligarchs because no one wants to start World War 3 – and even the BBC is (yet again) complicit in ignoring the issues that normal Brits are now facing in favour of hours and hours of bits of film about bombed places and lines of refugees (of which our govt doesn’t want to take any).

I sat and watched the news for an hour this morning, just to see if there was mention of anything else other than Ukraine; there was a weather forecast, a three minute sports section and absolutely no mention that inflation is becoming a major life-threatening issue and by the summer another three million people will effectively be plunged into poverty – which begs the question if more and more people are becoming poor and struggling to feed and heat themselves, how f*cking bad is it for those people who have been in that situation for the last 12 years because of this shower of sh*te Tory govt?

Driving anywhere is now becoming a luxury. I mean two years ago we weren’t allowed to drive more than 5 miles, now we can’t afford to drive 5 miles!

I also feel that too many people are being drawn into this ‘It’s all Russia’s fault’ blame game for anything that happens now.

I think the average person just wants our govt to tackle home issues, they don’t care whose fault it is or who’s blaming who, they just want to know how the escalation of prices is going to be solved, especially with NI rises ahead, council tax rises forthcoming and all the while Johnson is trying to sound like Churchill and is ignoring the facts that people might start dying soon, in this country, because of his govt’s failure to address or even acknowledge the issues that matter to us.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Especially when you consider the one overriding problem with all the coverage of the war, which is this:

Nobody is even trying to find a way to restore the peace.

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