The One Show’s Jermaine Jenas got a stern telling off by a SAGE advisor on Tuesday night’s show for using the term ‘panic buying’.
The presenter had been discussing the latest on the petrol crisis when Stephen Reicher, a member of the SAGE sub-committee who has been advising the government on behavioural science, implored him to stop saying the phrase.
It all kicked off when Jermaine innocently asked: ‘At what point does the panic-buying start and what can we do to stop it?’
‘Well, the main problem lays in using the term panic buying because if you listen to people who are at the pumps,’ Mr Reicher began.
‘Everyone is speaking perfectly reasonably, they’re not panicking, they’re not emotional, they’re not out of control, but they believe that everybody else is panic buying because you Jermaine, and others, use the term,’ he continued.
‘If we believe that everybody else is mad and acting irrationally, we’d be mad not to do the same to actually go out and buy the petrol.’
It was announced on Monday that the army is on standby to drive petrol tankers as queues of motorists formed outside forecourts for the fifth day in a row as filling stations up and down the country continued to run dry.
Drivers are also being warned that fuel prices could reach record levels even if the current crisis ends.
The RAC said average prices may hit 143p per litre for petrol and 145p per litre for diesel in the next few weeks.
That is up from the current level of 135p per litre for petrol and 138p per litre for diesel.
The highest average price for petrol is 142p per litre, which was recorded in April 2012.
The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.
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