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Ex-Welsh Secretary ridiculed for proposed solution to HGV driver shortage

28 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
John Redwood MP by Richard Townshend (CC BY 3.0)

A former Welsh Secretary has been ridiculed for his proposed solution to the acute shortage of HGV drivers.

John Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham in Berkshire, has been lampooned on social media and described as “barking” for his the answer to the crisis.

The lack of drivers for heavy goods vehicles has led to shortages in supermarkets, restaurants, and to people panic buying fuel at petrol stations.

Experts have pointed to Brexit as one of the causes of the shortage in HGV drivers.

Arch Eurosceptic Redwood suggested that employers need to learn from on line companies who use drivers for parcel van deliveries.

He said: “On line companies have attracted lots of extra drivers to do parcel van deliveries. HGV employers need to learn from them how they did it.”

The presenter Gary Lineker responded with: “Well said. They could go on YouTube to learn how to drive an HGV.”

His tweet also included a facepalm emoji.

‘Barking’ 

The former England rugby international Brian Moore said: “We’re getting into barking territory here”.

The comedian Chris Addison said: “Thousands of primary schools have managed to recruit recorder players. Symphony orchestras need to learn from them how they did it.”

Jon Birchall said: “They should just get Hermes to do it yeah. Looking forward to them mixing orders up and volleying 1000 kilos of Ammonium Nitrate behind our bins while an agricultural plant in Telford gets my socks from Uniqlo.”

The LBC radio presenter James O’Brien replied simply with: “Good grief”.

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hdavies15
hdavies15
25 days ago

All down to the ageing process and remoteness from reality. Poor bugger. He was in a bad way back in ’95, so 26 years on not surprising really, is it ? Most of his supporters in his choice constituency are probably in decline as well.

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
25 days ago

Let’s not forget, he’s John Redwood.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
25 days ago

Again, a Tory trying to deflect rather than admitting to their culpability.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
25 days ago

I’m waiting for Tebbit to encourage taking up cycling as a way to beat the fuel shortage…

Erisian
Erisian
25 days ago

Ydy o wedi dysgu ein anthem genedlaethol eto, tybed?

R W
R W
25 days ago

Both tragic and hilarious at the same time!!

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
25 days ago

Don’t be suprised if people start believing this rubbish – after all many believed the deluded crap he muttered in 2016.

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