The head of major supermarket Tesco has warned that people in the UK are facing “real food poverty for the first time in a generation”.
The warning of “real food poverty” comes as many in the country struggle with the increasing costs of food and fuel due to inflation, with a former chief economist for the Bank of England warning that such inflationary conditions inflicting pain on everyday people could continue for years.
According to a report by The Times, the head of the supermarket giant Tesco, John Allan, has said that many of those who visit his stores are now seriously struggling to make ends meet.
“I was in some stores on Friday and I was hearing for the first time for many years of customers saying to checkout staff ‘Stop when you get to £40, I don’t want to spend a penny over that’,” the publication reports the grocery tsar as saying.
“I think that many of them are struggling to both be able to heat their homes and to feed their families,” he continued. “And I think we’re seeing, you know, real food poverty for the first time in a generation.”
Allan went on to express hope that the government would step in to reduce the strain on those struggling with the crisis, suggesting that the government could reverse course on a planned payroll tax hike to leave citizens with more money in their pockets.
Inflation Crisis: Minister Slammed Over ‘Patronising’ Call for Citizens to Buy Cheaper Foodhttps://t.co/qWjf7Oa6m8
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) May 5, 2022
While it appears unlikely that the government will pull back on any planned tax hikes at this stage, it is clear that those in Britain could definitely do with more cash in their current accounts, with the Bank of England warning that inflation could hit 10 per cent this year.
To make matters even worse however, one think-tank head who formerly served as the UK central bank’s chief economist warned that the damaging inflation Britain is facing could last for years.
“I’m slightly fearful, [this inflation] might stick around for some little while as well,” Andy Haldane said according to a report by The Guardian.
“This won’t be come and gone in a matter of months,” he continued. “I think this could be years rather than months.”
Meanwhile, a different economic strategist, Cribstone Strategic Macro founder Mike Harris, has warned CNBC that the UK economy is in an extremely vulnerable position as a result of the massive inflation, comparing the current situation to that facing the US Federal Reserve shortly before the 2008 crash.
Harris justified his comparison by arguing that the Bank of England has been taking measures that will not only fail to help matters in the long term, but actively cause damage to the country’s mortgage market.
“…we’re in an environment where we’re probably going to destroy more demand than we should have because the Bank of England and [former governor] Mark Carney didn’t do their job as they should have,” the strategist reportedly told the US cable channel, saying that a recent 1 per cent rate hike would not curb inflation, but instead cause problems within the market.
“It’s a little like the [Federal Reserve] in 2007 and before, where they were allowing people to take mortgages when they knew they couldn’t repay them if house prices fell because they had to refinance so there’s an inherent unsustainability,” he continued, describing the issues inflation poses for the UK lending market. “I would say the U.K. is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world right now.”
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Donald Trump Urges Dr. Oz to Declare Victory in Pennsylvania Before Votes Fully Counted
Former President Donald Trump urged Dr. Mehmet Oz on Wednesday to declare victory in the Republican Senate primary election, even as votes are still being tallied in the close race.
“Dr. Oz should declare victory,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social media platform. “It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they ‘just happened to find.’”
Trump’s message indicated he was concerned that Oz’s opponent David McCormick had a chance of pulling ahead as more ballots are counted.
The former president endorsed Oz in the race and even held a rally for him in Pennsylvania.
Oz is currently leading the tally with 413,227 votes while McCormick is a close second with 411,048 votes.
It is unclear when all of the votes will be counted in the state, as some counties are still counting mail-in ballots, overseas ballots, and military absentee ballots.
The McCormick team believes they are receiving a greater percentage of absentee ballots than Oz, allowing them to pull ahead and win the race.
“Based on how many uncounted absentee ballots there are and the margin by which Dave has won them so far, that’s why we are confident of victory,” McCormick’s consultant wrote on social media. “Dave will win this race.”
Report: Officials Investigate Threats to ‘Murder Justices,’ DHS Warns of Increasing Violence from Pro-Abortion Extremists
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned of increased political violence from pro-abortion extremists before and after the Supreme Court releases an official ruling that could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, according to an unclassified memo obtained by Axios.
“Law enforcement agencies are investigating social-media threats to burn down or storm the Supreme Court building and murder justices and their clerks, as well as attacks targeting places of worship and abortion clinics,” the outlet reported.
The memo was allegedly circulated by DHS’s intelligence arm on May 13, and says the threats that arose after Politico published a leak of the Dobbs draft opinion “are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s official ruling.”
DHS warns of civil unrest after Roe ruling:
Law enforcement investigates social-media threats to burn down or storm Supreme Court … kill justices and clerks … attack places of worship, abortion clinicshttps://t.co/vOnBxJBE55
— Mike Allen (@mikeallen) May 18, 2022
The left-leaning news outlet claimed that abortion-related violence has “historically been driven by anti-abortion extremists,” though it did not mention the more than 63 million estimated deaths of unborn children since the Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling declaring abortion to be protected by the U.S. Constitution.
“Some racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists’ embrace of pro-life narratives may be linked to the perception of wanting to ‘save white children’ and ‘fight white genocide,’” the memo reportedly claims.
“But the memo warns that this time, extremist acts could come from abortion-rights proponents as well,” Axios added.
Indeed, pro-abortion activists tracked down the addresses of conservative Supreme Court justices and have been protesting outside their homes in an attempt to intimidate them and subvert the Democratic process. Pro-abortion militants have also vandalized pregnancy centers, including the headquarters of the pro-life group Wisconsin Family Action, which was likely set on fire with a Molotov cocktail.
“If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either,” graffiti painted on the side of the building read.
Early Sunday morning, a leftist group attacked WFA’s office in Madison, throwing two Molotov cocktails into the office, after breaking windows, and then proceeded to light a fire. The arsonists posted graffiti that read, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.” pic.twitter.com/H1csPzv5Kz
— ✰✰Wisconsin Family Action✰✰ (@WIFamilyAction) May 9, 2022
Additionally, pro-abortion activists have been targeting churches — Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Boulder, Colorado had its windows broken and front doors spray-painted over. A group of radical pro-abortion activists also blocked the entrance to Manhattan’s Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral days after the leak.
Pro-choice activists protest outside NYC Church, the Basilica of Old St. Patrick in New York, in opposition to a pro-life faith group that routinely tries to deter patients seeking abortions at the nearby Planned Parenthood.
— Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) May 7, 2022
The DHS did say that “…advocacy…does not constitute domestic violent extremism…” according to Axios.
“The mere advocacy of political or social positions, political activism, use of strong rhetoric, or generalized philosophic embrace of violent tactics does not constitute domestic violent extremism or illegal activity and is constitutionally protected,” the memo allegedly reads.
A DHS spokesperson told the outlet the department “is committed to protecting Americans’ freedom of speech and other civil rights and civil liberties, including the right to peacefully protest.”
President Joe Biden’s White House has condemned much of the vandalism but indicated sympathy for the pro-abortion cause.
“We know the passion, we understand the passion, we understand the concern,” former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a May 9 press conference, referring to the perpetrators and their apparent support for legal abortion.
The Biden administration has also encouraged “peaceful” protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, despite the fact that such protests aim to intimidate the judiciary and appear to be illegal.
Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow her on Twitter.
WATCH: California Teen Plays in Concert with Pearl Jam After Drummer Gets Coronavirus
A California high school student rocked out on the drums for the iconic grunge band Pearl Jam Friday night after the band’s drummer came down with coronavirus, KGO reports.
When legendary Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron fell ill with the Wuhan coronavirus, 18-year-old Kai Neukermans of Mini Valley figured the band needed a drummer for their concert at the Oakland Arena, according to the outlet. He reached out to his acquaintance Olivia Vedder, the daughter of Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, to see if he could fill in on the sticks.
“I went to bed and forgot about it,” he explained. “And the next day I went to school and in the middle of class Olivia texted me to send her a video of me playing a Pearl Jam song because they were taking submissions.”
Before he knew it, Neukermans – who drums in a band called The Alive with his friend and younger brother – was leaving school for the day with his music teacher so the pair could get a demo ready for Pearl Jam, according to KGO.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
He sent Olivia Vedder a video of him playing over the track. Within the hour he was in touch with a manager who told him to come to the stadium. Pearl Jam had tapped longtime collaborators Josh Klinghoffer, formerly with Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Oakland musician Richard Stuverud to sit in for Cameron for most of the night. Neukermans would play one song partway through the first set.
“My heart started beating really fast,” he told KGO. “I called my dad and he said he nearly had a heart attack.”
Once Neukermans got to the stadium, it was time for rehearsals and to go through the band’s sets for the evening, according to the Chronicle.
“They were having so much fun,” said the drummer.
In short order, Vedder was introducing him on stage to the Pearl Jam fans in attendance.
“Please welcome to the stage, Mini Valley’s own Kai Neukermans!” Vedder said in a video of the performance, posted on Youtube by user mfc172, as the teen walked on stage, absorbing the moment in awe.
“We’re ready when you are. You’re leading the band, brother,” Vedder said as the teen counted off the beat with his sticks. They played “Mind Your Manners,” the second track from the band’s 2013 album Lightning Bolt, and once the performance ended, Vedder took the teen to the front of the stage, where they bowed together.
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