Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

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The current fuel crisis (Report, September 28) reminds me of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

While these richest oil-rich nations around us were collapsing, there were fuel shortages that caused aircraft to land and force the industry to its knees. There were no queues at the filling stations – there was no petrol. The solution was to approach a friendly taxi driver and, for a few packs of Marlboro cigarettes (another shortage), to sift petrol from his car to his own.

Deficit was the hallmark of the socialist economy. For consumers, fresh food, bottled water, toilet paper and other household goods were in short supply due to a combination of poor planning, broken logistics, corruption and purchases of panic. For those of us who experienced the late Soviet era firsthand, there is a strong sense of déjà vu in our current post-Brexit / post-Covid economy.

The dissatisfied socialists at the Labor Party conference must look elsewhere for the realization of their ambitions. The current government perhaps?

Brook Horowitz
London W14, United Kingdom

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