Ackchyually, it’s called inflation

The Village Politicians (detail) John L. Krimmel (1786 - 1821), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

There’s a drought on in the UK. “Shops rationing supplies to stop panic-buying amid 95F heat,” screams one headline. I wonder about the domestic lives of Daily Mail journalists. It must be carnage in their semi-detached houses, valued at £232,000, every time Mum, 37, burns the toast.

This particular convulsion was caused by a single Aldi in North London which rationed (French), bottled water for a few hours while the newspaper collected photos. A more worrying media stunt, perhaps, is Energysafe’s claim that the War in Ukraine is responsible for rising energy prices across the UK’s national grid. Energysafe brands itself as a partner of the charity Crimestoppers, but takes its orders from the Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

It happens that my local community is not connected to the national grid and receives its energy from a small hydro-electric plant. Therefore, my energy bills will not be effected by events on the Pontic Steppe this winter.

We shall see, won’t we?