Thursday evening UK news briefing: BP rations fuel deliveries to petrol stations

© Provided by The Telegraph Your evening briefing from The Telegraph

Evening briefing: Today’s essential headlines

Macron in ‘dark rage’ | Calling Britain’s part in the Australia submarine deal “Johnson’s first victory for Global Britain”, conservative daily newspaper Le Figaro was the exception in the French press today. Read how the country’s media reacted to the Macron-Biden phone call and the submarine row. Henry Samuel analyses how Franco-British relations are the worst in years and James Crisp examines how Mr Macron is seeking Angela Merkel’s crown as the dynamics in Brussels change.

  • Sabina Nessa murder | Teacher attacked in park during walk to pub
  • Post-royal era | Sussexes hit New York in first tour since ‘Megxit’
  • GB News | Andrew Neil vows never to appear on channel again
  • I’m A Celebrity… | Staf member puts 135,000 Australians in lockdown
  • Health | Have ‘full fat’ dairy products been better for us all along?

The big story: BP rations deliveries to petrol stations

Just when you thought the Government was beginning to take steps to resolve the energy crisis, the struggle to supply the things we take for granted in our everyday lives takes a new twist. 

BP is being forced to ration fuel deliveries to its petrol stations due to a lack of lorry drivers. 

The oil giant is struggling to transport fuel from refineries to its 1,200 UK forecourts, with up to 100 sites believed to be suffering from fuel shortages and a handful temporarily closed.

Exxon Mobil has also issued a statement, saying a “small number” of forecourts it operates for Tesco are also affected by driver shortages. 

BP has warned the Government that fuel stocks were “declining rapidly” and the next few weeks would be “really, really difficult”. 

This graph shows how the number of HGV drivers employed in the UK has plummeted in the last year.

Issues with supply eventually mean the cost of living increases and the Bank of England has warned that the recent surge in energy prices could push UK inflation above 4pc by the end of the year. 

It added that these factors posed an “upside risk” to its inflation forecasts from April 2022, suggesting the squeeze on living costs could persist. 

The Business Secretary was forced to return to the Commons chamber to answer questions about surging prices for a second time this week. 

Kwasi Kwarten used his appearance to “categorically” rule out handing subsidies or grants to larger energy companies as a result of the crisis. 

One senior Tory has put forward his own solution – cutting VAT on bills.

Cost of going green

It is little wonder that anxieties are growing about a possible winter of discontent, with energy bills rocketing, inflation soaring and a shortage of carbon dioxide threatening food supplies – and perhaps even scuppering Christmas.

Just as Boris Johnson delivered his speech to the UN General Assembly telling the world to “grow up” about the realities of climate change, at home Britons are getting to grips with the reality that moving over to greener energy will cost them more. 

Ross Clark argues that Mr Johnson’s green policies have had an easy ride so far, but with the spike in global wholesale gas prices threatening to land homeowners with huge rises in bills they are about to face a very stern popularity test. 

In the face of a cost of living crisis, Michael Deacon pens the guidance the Prime Minister might offer us to survive a winter crisis.

Going ‘off-grid’

For want of a better term, is there any way to insulate ourselves from the rising costs associated with this energy crisis?

Those lucky enough to be self-sufficient will be somewhat protected from a rise in costs. 

Solar panels, water mills and biomass boilers all provide ways to go partly “off-grid”. 

Will Kirkman finds out how people have done it. 

It was Albert Einstein who said “in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity”. 

Here are the winners making a fortune from the energy chaos and read how to protect your investments and savings from rising inflation.

Comment and analysis

  • Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | It is the end of China’s economic miracle
  • Catherine Pepinster | Anti-Christian zealots have a new tactic
  • Tom Harris | Decriminalising is a deflection from SNP’s drugs failings
  • Henry Hill | PM must resist Biden’s plans for a global corporation tax
  • William Sitwell | Heartwarming message for lovers of British cheese

Around the world: Tourists descend on La Palma

A day after she was forced to flee with her two children, Nuria Torres Abreu watched as lava destroyed their home live on TV. Like hundreds of others on the Canary Island of La Palma, Ms Abreu lost everything she had in less than 24 hours, in an ongoing volcanic eruption that is spewing 1,000-degree molten rock down the mountainside where she once lived. Amongst the destruction, however, tourists have been flocking to the island to watch what a Spanish minister controversially called a “wonderful show”. Joe Cawley has this dispatch from La Palma.

Thursday big-read

Pre-cut strings and hip-thrusting 200kg

© Provided by The Telegraph Emma Raducanu

The meticulous approach that paved Emma Raducanu’s path to glory and the supporting cast who were part of her ‘Fairytale in New York’

Read the full story

Sport briefing: Fonseca reveals Spurs move was ‘done’

Paulo Fonseca has revealed he started pre-season plans at Tottenham before his move was torpedoed by managing director Fabio Paratici’s demands for more defensive football. In an exclusive interview, he reveals how “the agreement was done”, but the move collapsed. Meanwhile, in our second Tony Jacklin exclusive in as many days, the golfer says why Mark James and Ken Brown should have been given life bans after the 1979 Ryder Cup. Meanwhile, Iain Henderson, the British and Irish Lions lock, has openly criticised Lions head coach Warren Gatland’s selections during the tour of South Africa this summer.

Editor’s choice

  1. Parlez-vous Franglais? | Why Boris Johnson’s hilariously annoying habit is a calculated move
  2. Failed cosmetic treatment | In praise of Linda Evangelista for speaking openly
  3. Rate my portfolio | ‘Baillie Gifford and tech funds kick-started my investments – will it last?’

Business briefing: BA abandons budget airline plans

Talks to set up a new British Airways airline at Gatwick have collapsed after pilots rejected plans for sweeping pay cuts. Britain’s second-biggest airport now faces the spectre of losing its second-largest short-haul operator. BA had hoped to set up a new subsidiary at Gatwick to compete with low-cost carriers such as easyJet and Ryanair. Read why and this chart shows how the news has hit the share price of BA’s owner IAG.

Tonight starts now

The Lodger, review | Yorkshire playwright Robert Holman has had his work staged at a number of major theatre companies since he started out in the early 1970s. His publisher has called him “the play-writing world’s best-kept secret”, and Holman himself, 70 next year, has said he doesn’t much care what other people think of the work – an entrenched take it or leave it attitude. Dominic Cavendish tells how his latest production, The Lodger at the Coronet Theatre, has much in its favour – a gorgeously produced ensemble piece – although it doesn’t grip as tightly as it might.

Three things for you

  • Watch | Taskmaster, Channel 4, 9pm and more of tonights’ TV
  • Podcast | Planet Normal: Richard Tice calls Tories the ‘Con-Socialists’
  • Play | Telegraph Puzzles offers today’s crossword, sudoko and more

And finally… for this evening’s downtime

Put in his place | Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of the finally upcoming No Time To Die, may have effectively called James Bond a rapist but might it actually be the case that all along it was women running the show? Harriet Marsden sets out why constantly viewing the female characters alongside 007 as ‘victims’ is the audience’s problem, and how the ‘Bond girls’ are his secret weapon.

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here . For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp.   

Sign up to the Front Page newsletter for free: Your essential guide to the day’s agenda from The Telegraph – direct to your inbox seven days a week.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

UTA Chief's Zinger: We're Too Profitable For Endeavor to Buy Us

© Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer and ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish discussed the seemingly endless number of deals swirling in the entertainment industry on Thursday. Appearing together ... Read more »

Uber driver who tested positive to COVID-19 on Gold Coast after Melbourne trip linked to trucking business and chauffeur service

© Provided by ABC News Island Beach Resort at Broadbeach has been listed as a COVID-19 exposure site. (ABC News: Curtis Rodda) A COVID-19 patient who has sparked a health ... Read more »

Parkland father Fred Guttenberg joins anti-gun group

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a 14-year-old girl killed in the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, announced Thursday that he is joining an anti-gun violence ... Read more »

Former Clay County deputy indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting a jail inmate

A Clay County grand jury has indicted a former sheriff’s deputy for allegedly sexually assault a jail inmate, according to court records. Darreon D. Black, 29, of Kansas City, faces ... Read more »

"I assume full responsibility," Duterte says of drugs war

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he assumes full responsibility for a violent war on drugs that has killed thousands of people, Reuters reported. Why it matters: Last month ... Read more »

London music venue Koko to reopen after three years of ‘monumental' challenges

London music venue Koko will reopen in spring 2022 after a £70 million redevelopment aimed at creating “a truly unique music experience”. Owner Olly Bengough said the project had faced ... Read more »

IED planted on tree detected during Poonch combing op

© Provided by The Indian Express ARMY TROOPS engaged in a combing operation to flush out militants in the forests in Poonch district of J&K on Thursday found and defused ... Read more »

Rarest of rare: Man reinfected with Delta after full vaccination

© Provided by The Times of India PUNE: Researchers have come across a 28-year-old male healthcare worker from a Pune-based hospital, who caught the Delta variant of coronavirus after he ... Read more »

Bombay HC grants NCP's Ekanath Khadse interim protection in Pune land deal case

Bombay High Court granted NCP leader Eknath Khadse interim protection from arrest in a money laundering case pertaining to the 2016 Pune land deal matter. During the one-week-long protection, he ... Read more »

Podcast: Previewing the BTCC's Brands Hatch showdown

© JEP / Motorsport Images Ashley Sutton, Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton is the favourite to lift a third crown at the famous Brands Hatch ... Read more »

UAE advocates more women leading UN peacekeeping missions

© PAWAN SINGH Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE ambassador to the UN, says gender quotas help close gender gap. Pawan Singh / The National The UAE on Thursday called for more women to ... Read more »

US to give nuclear waste plant in Idaho another try

© Provided by Associated Press FILE – In this May 11, 2015, file photo, nuclear waste is stored in underground containers at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. ... Read more »

Arthur Ashe mural defaced with white nationalist insignias

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A mural of Black tennis legend and Richmond, Virginia, native Arthur Ashe was defaced with insignias associated with a white nationalist group, police said Thursday. Officers ... Read more »

Kris Jenner marks Kim Kardashian West's birthday: 'We are lucky to have you in our lives'

© Bang Showbiz Kris Jenner’s Instagram (c) post Kris Jenner feels “lucky” to have Kim Kardashian West in her life, as she marks her daughter’s 41st birthday. The Kardashian family ... Read more »

IOTA unveils smart contracts

© Provided by City AM The IOTA Foundation today announced the beta release of IOTA Smart Contracts. The fully-functional smart contract solution offers a number of new features aimed at ... Read more »

New World rolls out first store update, includes a ton of Halloween cosmetics

© Provided by Dot Esports While New World might not feature a Halloween-specific event, the game is still getting into the spooky spirit with its first in-game store update boasting ... Read more »

Queen back at Windsor after hospital stay

The Queen spent Wednesday night in hospital for preliminary medical checks and is now back at Windsor Castle “in good spirits”, Buckingham Palace said. © BBC The 95-year-old monarch returned ... Read more »

Takeaways from Merrick Garland's hearing with the House Judiciary Committee

The House Judiciary Committee, known for its combativeness, had the opportunity Thursday to question Attorney General Merrick Garland for the first time since he took his perch atop the Justice ... Read more »

Pokémon TCG Fusion Strike pre-release promo cards revealed

© Provided by Dot Esports Pokémon TCG’s November set Fusion Strike is almost here. Although little has been revealed on its card list, we now know which cards will be ... Read more »

Federal officials investigating Georgia bridge collapse that killed father of 9 kids

Federal officials are investigating the cause of a bridge collapse during demolition that sent three workers tumbling into Georgia’s Yellow River, killing one of them and critically injuring the other ... Read more »

Maria von Trapp's daughter dies aged 90

© Craig Line Lorli von Trapp Campbell has died (Craig Line/AP) The second daughter of Maria von Trapp, whose Austrian family was famous for being depicted in the musical and ... Read more »

Online threats draw longest term yet in Capitol riot probe

A man who pleaded guilty to posting threats on social media in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol was sentenced Thursday to 14 months in prison, the longest ... Read more »

The Queen's busy October schedule before a night in hospital

© Andrew Matthews The Queen had a busy schedule ahead of her hospital admission (Andrew Matthews/PA) The Queen attended a number of engagements before spending a night in hospital on ... Read more »

Using a Lash Serum? Derms Are Begging You To Watch Out for These Side Effects

© Photo: Getty Images / Sarah Hansen / EyeEm side effects of eyelash serum Lash serums are one of the few beauty products that have earned the title of “miracle ... Read more »

Jarrod Bowen shines as West Ham dispatch Genk to extend Europa League party

While West Ham’s last Europa League home game felt like a full-blown festival, Thursday evening’s fixture looked set to be the house party on a night when the best people ... Read more »

Man Utd have ‘huge chance' of jettisoning outcast in January, but one route closes

Manchester United misfit Donny Van de Beek has a ‘huge chance’ of securing a January escape from his Old Trafford nightmare, though it won’t be to former club Ajax, per a ... Read more »

Bruno Fernandes comments justify Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's response to dressing room question

Bruno Fernandes issued a defiant response to the commitment of Manchester United‘s players amid suggestions they were no longer playing for their manager. The Red Devils have been in a ... Read more »

‘Very poor' – Hoddle criticises Spurs players for their ‘wrong attitude'

Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has questioned the “attitude” of his former club’s players after their “poor” defeat to Vitesse in the Europa Conference League. © PA Images BT Sport ... Read more »

Christina Haack Says She Suffers from 'Extreme Stomach Pain' and Recently Had an Endoscopy

© Provided by People Christina Haack/instagram Christina Haack is focusing on her health. The Christina on the Coast star, 38, revealed in a candid Instagram post on Thursday that she ... Read more »

Climate crisis likely to fuel conflicts over water and migration, US analyses say

The climate crisis is likely to intensify cross-border clashes, aggravate conflicts over water and migration and cause instability, especially in developing countries, in ways that could threaten global security, the ... Read more »

Class action looming against Canberra developer 3 Property Group after rescinding contracts for off-the-plan properties

© Provided by ABC Business The 3 Property Group have used a sunset clause to rescind their contracts. (ABC News: Elizabeth Byrne) Some Canberra off the plan buyers who’ve lost ... Read more »

Qantas brings forward some international routes for NSW reopening

Qantas will bring forward the restart of flights between Sydney and destinations including Singapore, Bangkok and Johannesburg as NSW prepares to become the first state to reopen for international travel ... Read more »

US-Kammer beantragt Anklage gegen Trump-Vertrauten Bannon

Neben den Abgeordneten der Demokraten haben auch neun Republikaner gegen Steve Bannon gestimmt. Der Rechtspopulist gilt als Schlüsselzeuge rund um den Sturm aufs Capitol. © Foto: J. Scott Applewhite (AP/Keystone/Archiv) ... Read more »

What You Need to Know About Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 Deals

© Getty Images Here’s all the information you need to know about Amazon’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 deals. Time! To! Get! Amped! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, ... Read more »

Bannon missachtet Vorladung: Abgeordnete stimmen für Strafverfolgung

© Keystone/dpa/Kay Nietfeld Das US-Repräsentantenhaus hat den Weg für strafrechtliche Schritte gegen den Rechtspopulisten Steve Bannon wegen Missachtung des Kongresses freigemacht. Hintergrund ist die Aufarbeitung des Angriffs auf das US-Kapitol ... Read more »

Toymaker Mattel says price rise has not hit demand

© Getty Images Higher prices in the run-up to Christmas have not dulled people’s appetites for toys, Barbie maker Mattel has said. The toy giant raised prices after soaring shipping ... Read more »

US seals agreement to end European digital taxes

© SEBASTIEN BOZON European countries imposed what the US says were discriminatory fees on American tech giants like Amazon, Apple and Google The United States has resolved a key point ... Read more »

Melbourne reopens as world's most locked-down city eases pandemic restrictions

FILE PHOTO: A lone woman, wearing a protective face mask, walks across a city centre bridge a in Melbourne SYDNEY (Reuters) – Melbourne residents flocked to the city's pubs, restaurants ... Read more »

David Lynch's terrible 1984 ‘Dune' is still the stuff of migraines

The reviews are in! “Dune” is “diabolically bad,” laments The Post. “This pretentious exercise in pointless insanity is so bad it’s in a class by itself.” Adds the Chicago Sun-Times: ... Read more »

West Ham 3 - 0 Genk: Second-half blitz sees Hammers move six points clear

To say West Ham were a little underwhelming in the first-half against Genk at the London Stadium would be an understatement. © Getty Images JarrodBowen2110B While the Belgians were heading ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic