I tend to shy away from politics and the news, but I feel I need to say something, get a bit of weight of my chest. A lot is happening out there and it feels pretty close by, and at times all-most on top of me.
A lot of people were surprised when Russian invaded, others knew it was coming, I watched one video on YouTube started before the invasion, showing what will happen and being updated as the invasion happened.
The NATO border to Russia, oil and gas. This appears to be a war about commodities and who can control what. Ukraine has or had access to huge amounts of gas to mine. This could be worth trillions in dollars. Putin waged a war with a country, that is also a heist. It’s a selfish act by a man acting like a tyrant and a dictator. What I see is people losing their homes, homes destroyed, lands seized, burned and destroyed. The NATO alliance can’t help, so all that is left is the economic sanction and seizure.
I drive past the petrol station and see the prices up ten pence. Time for me to get an electric car? The price of heating the home, up! The cost of living, up! The money in people’s pockets, down!
The people on either side of the conflict can’t win, there are no winners in war, there are only losers. Even when a country wins a war, it still loses. The whole planet will see economic strain. There will now be countries that could end up in recession, the super big squeeze, everyone’s pockets will be plundered. Keep those purse strings tight. Because of this everyone needs to be smarter with their money.
In the café
When I was in the café this week getting some lunch there was this one customer who was on his phone, pinging away, seemed very agitated. I was curious and spoke to him. It turned out this workman was Ukrainian, trying to contact friends and family to see and know what is going on in Ukraine with them. Showed me videos of burned dead Russians on his phone, I really didn’t want to see that.
I wish him well and hoped his family and friends are safe.
Another day I wanted to get myself a chair from IKEA for my bedroom, getting to the checkout, there was this gentleman who was buying 50 lots of bedding and towels. I said that’s a lot of bedding to him. He straight up told me it’s all going to Ukraine, I was surprised but not surprised. I hope that stuff gets there and helps those in need.