Britain’s Essential Services

When the blockades of refineries first began to fall on the 15 September 2000, where did the first deliveries of fuel go?  They went to Britain’s Essential Services:

  • Emergency services
  • Health and social workers
  • Special schools and colleges for the disabled
  • Coastguards and lifeboat crews

Obviously. Got to get those fires extinguished, and all that postponed cancer surgery done.

  • Armed forces
  • Prison staff

Can’t have the country descend into anarchy.

  • Refuse collection and industrial waste
  • Funeral services
  • Water, sewerage and drainage
  • Essential workers at nuclear sites

It would be unsafe and unhygienic not to.

  • Food industry
  • Agriculture, veterinary and animal welfare

People gotta eat before they starve; crops gotta be harvested before they spoil.

  • Fuel and energy suppliers
  • Postal, media, telecommunications
  • Central and local government workers
  • Essential financial services staff including those involved in the delivery of cash and cheques
  • Public transport

Well, I suppose there’s an economy needs getting back up to speed.

  • Essential foreign diplomatic workers

Uh, well, alright, I suppose they are “essential”.

  • Airport and airline workers

Uhm. Er…

  • Licensed taxis


“Essential services” for definitions of “essential” that include “saving a politician from having to get on a bus.”  Sounds like another call for the Old Ladies’ from the Job Justification Hearings.

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