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UK faces worst cost of living crisis in history

Story by Owen Mandovha

The United Kingdom is facing its worst cost of living and political crisis that is slowly eroding and rocking the country’s standing in world’s affairs.

The captured Western media would portray the ongoing severe crisis of fruit and vegetable shortages in the UK supermarket shelves as any other minor supply chain disruption related to climate changes, but masking the realities of the deep underlying economic challenges bedeviling the once colonial political behemoth that at one time controlled about 25 percent of the worlds territory.

The United Kingdom finds itself in a serious economic and political quagmire in its history and the ill-fated 58-day Liz Truss premiership stint that plunged the British pound to record lows.

On the contrary, Zimbabwe which has been criticised for several decades has managed to institute agricultural reforms such as the Command Agriculture and Pfumvudza/ Intwasa which have seen the country record bumper harvests in the last summer cropping seasons.

Political analyst, Advocate James Makiya told the ZBC News, “Zimbabwe has demonstrated that it can sustain itself through dark times and while we are still on sanctions, Government has crafted pro-people policies and programmes that have helped grow the economy and cushion citizens from the harsh realities of global economic meltdown. Remember that this is happening while those who are champions of democracy and leadership are facing severe crisis.”

The absence of either lettuce or cucumbers on UK supermarket’s shelves is happening at a time when it is deeply engrossed in the Russian-Ukraine conflict which has exposed its shaky military standing amid revelations that it cannot withstand a full-scale war.

Political commentator Mr Gibson Nyikadzino said, “What is happening in the United Kingdom is a serious reminder of the cover-up and double standards of the West, in particular the need to expose the sad situation happening in that country. If their crisis was happening in Zimbabwe this could make big headlines in the newspapers, but look, Zimbabwe is doing well in all aspects despite the continued attacks on our Government.”

Nkosinathi Zvimba, who is based in England, laid bare the climax of a crisis facing the UK, adding only time will tell.

Britain is facing a severe crisis triggered by high energy bills while at the same time the war in Ukraine has made it worse as the country is spending heavily to finance its participation in the war. Local shortages of fruits and vegetable are just another sign of the deepening crisis,” he said.

As Zimbabwe heads for another great harvest this season, it is not only the agricultural sector’s success that has led to the ire of Western powers to demonise the Government for presiding over the renaissance of the economy. Sectors such as mining and manufacturing also continue to witness unprecedented growth to the benefit of citizens.

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