Right now all the petrol and diesel garages in our area are out of fuel because my neighbours have filled their cars with fuel in case the fuel delivery drivers go on strike some weeks into the future.
Just suppose that the government were clever enough to artificially exaggerate this so as to distract us from the fact that the First Quarter figures actually indicate the country might be in recession. Unless we could drum up some Tax revenues from, say, Fuel Tax and Duty by the end of March.
No, that stretches credibility too far. Does it?
The British government might announce that we should make sure our homes were two thirds full of Brussels sprouts because there might be a shortage of sprouts this Easter. So warning, the great British public will be queuing at Tesco to fill their shopping baskets full of my favourite accompaniment to Turkey?