Tory MP ‘fearing for his family’ sounds a complete jackass

by Colin Campbell

AFTER two covid winters, cheery news on what we can expect in the months ahead.

A new survey apparently finds many people expect the cost of living crisis to spark a crime wave, deaths and even riots.

Some 70 per cent of the public expect many to refuse to pay their energy bills,  80 per cent expect more shoplifting and 51 per cent think riots will take place.

And three in four expect ­people will die of the cold this winter, unable to afford heating. (I had to read that last one twice. I thought first of all that it said three in four people WILL die of cold this winter, unable to afford heating. No matter, that’ll probably be the findings of the next “crisis, riots and crime survey”.)

Luke Tryl, UK director of More In Common, which commissioned the research, said: “This should be a wake-up call to our next Prime Minister — people want help now.”

And this week, a Tory MP admitted his family is facing the struggle.

Alec Shelbrooke (pictured) said: “What I’ve been seeing on the doorstep for the last six months is absolute fear in people’s eyes.

“They are terrified as to what is coming down the line — they don’t know how they’re going to pay it.

“I’m not sure how in my ­family we’re going to pay if it carries on going up this road.”

Mr Shelbrooke no doubt thought that by claiming that he and his family were worried that they’d be unable to pay their bills he’d strike a note of empathy with his constituents, so many of whom are wandering around with dazed “fear in their eyes”.

Instead, he sounds like a complete jackass.

What next? Inverness MP Drew Hendry saying he believes he and his family will have to start using foodbanks.

His colleague the little fatman across the Kessock Bridge fearing a cutback in the Skye croft importation of cake?

And, of course, we have warnings of “civil disorder” from Sturgeon’s mob when the Supreme Court chucks out her bid for a fake referendum when it considers it in October.

Meanwhile, in the Highland capital life ticks on much as normal, without any obvious warning signs of the “storm to come”.

Undoubtedly there will be tough times ahead for some people.

I do not, however, expect rioting to break out as a result on the streets of the city, though it would heat things up a bit.

People one way or another will get through the winter with resilience and fortitude.

They’ll survive the cost of living crisis.

It’s the relentless scaremongering surrounding it that’s more likely to drag some people down.

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