Redaction Weekly: All out of CO2, fuel, money and ideas

WHEN the Covid-19 pandemic kicked off in March 2020, Brits were urged not to panic buy and avoid artificial shortages during a time of supply chain fears.

18 months later, queues are forming at petrol stations and supermarket shelves remain empty. Britain is back to square one, despite being at the tail end of the pandemic.

There are many factors to attribute to this – few of which I shall bore you educated readers with – but it mostly amounts to a shortage of HGV drivers.

For the Conservative Government, it’s yet another blunder in their cap.

With Labour Conference kicking off this weekend, it’s an ideal chance for Sir Keir Starmer to rally MPs, members and potential voters around fixing ostensible issues in Britain.

But this is Starmer’s Labour – nothing is ideal.

Earlier this week press briefings suggested he sought to end the One Member, One Vote (OMOV) system that was introduced by Ed Miliband. It gave party members full control (after MPs nominated candidates in the first place) over their next leader.

Instead, Starmer seeks a return to handing members just a third of the overall vote. Another third would go to the Trade Union Movement (fine), but the rest would be with the overwhelmingly centrist-leaning MPs (not fine).

At a time when Starmer could take one of his last chances at reviving his struggling tenure – delivering clear policy to an in-person conference – the party has been overwhelmed with infighting. It calls into question, once again, the purpose of his leadership – and whether he’s fighting the Tories or the Left harder.

We hate to say ‘I told you so’ – but a YouGov poll released Friday morning could well amount to just desserts for the Labour leadership.

It hasn’t been all bad for centrists – Justin Trudeau’s Liberals didn’t quite gain a majority in the Canadian Federal election, but they did pick up four more seats after polling had them down to the Conservatives with just days to go before the polls.

Trudeau ends Canada’s most expensive Cabinet reshuffle on top

But the UK Conservative Party have continued to act without compassion, unopposed.

The promise to end the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift will hurt millions in Britain – no more so than disabled people, Declan Carey writes.

Universal Credit uplift end shows true Tory treatment of Britain’s disabled

And while some measures taken are concrete and painful, others have been described as “gesture politics” at their worst.

It’s back to pounds and ounces for stores, James Moules reports – but who does this really help?

UK government proposals to bring back imperial measurements slammed as ‘gesture politics at its worst’

LOOKING FORWARD

The Labour Party Conference should be a spicy affair, of course. While there’s a small chance Starmer could inspire the audience, it’s more likely we’ll see the first in-person Labour infighting since Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure.

And the German Federal Election will take place on September 26 – with Angela Merkel absent. Can Armin Laschet carry on her legacy?


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