Herald on Sunday uncovers food rationing after ferry chaos on Scottish islands

Food rationing in the UK has been uncovered by the Herald on Sunday newspaper based in Scotland.

Shops across some Scots islands have been forced to ration essential items amid widespread ferry cancellations due to a broken down vessel, the Herald’s Martin Williams revealed.

Residents have reported being rationed to just one carton of milk and one loaf of bread as a result of the ferry breakdowns.

It is now threatening to become a political issue — the Scottish Government is under fire for not sorting our problems with the country’s ferries sooner, and is also looking at a compensation scheme for residents.

The islands affected include those in the Outer Hebrides, which rely on the ferry service to bring food to shops. Residents reported panic buying as a result.

CalMac, the ferry operator, said that food was still being shipped and shortages weren’t because of missing ferry services.

The problems have been caused by MV Hebrides, one of the oldest ferries, being taken out of service for the third time in several weeks. Routes between Uig on Skye, Lochmaddy on North Uist and Tarbert on Harris were scuppered for three days.

One resident said shops had been bare. Another said unless they went to the shop every day, they couldn’t get enough milk in to support their family.

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