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Old 05 June 2008, 12:18   #21
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Also remember there are basically only 2 people to blame for the current oil price - Bush and Blair. Without the iraq war oil would be $45 a barrel now - remove out tax as well and you are looking at 25p per litre.......................
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Old 05 June 2008, 12:25   #22
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Also remember there are basically only 2 people to blame for the current oil price - Bush and Blair. Without the iraq war oil would be $45 a barrel now - remove out tax as well and you are looking at 25p per litre.......................
So the Chinese and Indian economies have nothing to do with it? Get real.
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The government are rubbing their hands right now, because the oil hike is returning huge amounts of revenue that is filling up their coffers, which due to poor fiscal policy over the last few years, were being emptied fast. Darling was struggleing with his last budget to balance the books, what with public spending and government borrowing had overshot its targets, again, so at the moment, it is in their best interest to do nothing, as the extra revenue is filling in what the treasury has miscalculated for, as I see it.

Until public protest shows them the door,and threatens them with being an opposition party they will do nothing. So with a GE not far round the corner, the chance to apply leverage at the moment is good.
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The government are rubbing their hands right now, because the oil hike is returning huge amounts of revenue that is filling up their coffers, which due to poor fiscal policy over the last few years, were being emptied fast. Darling was struggleing with his last budget to balance the books, what with public spending and government borrowing had overshot its targets, again, so at the moment, it is in their best interest to do nothing, as the extra revenue is filling in what the treasury has miscalculated for, as I see it.

Until public protest shows them the door,and threatens them with being an opposition party they will do nothing. So with a GE not far round the corner, the chance to apply leverage at the moment is good.
I don't want to, but I am having a really hard time not agreeing with that.

Does that make sense?
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The government are rubbing their hands right now, because the oil hike is returning huge amounts of revenue that is filling up their coffers, which due to poor fiscal policy over the last few years, were being emptied fast. Darling was struggleing with his last budget to balance the books, what with public spending and government borrowing had overshot its targets, again, so at the moment, it is in their best interest to do nothing, as the extra revenue is filling in what the treasury has miscalculated for, as I see it.

Until public protest shows them the door,and threatens them with being an opposition party they will do nothing. So with a GE not far round the corner, the chance to apply leverage at the moment is good.
I agree.and i think you have hit the nail on the head,the country is broke and its not going to be long before they shaft us even more with yet another stealth tax,not to mention car tax (rfl)
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Because we're British.....We wouldn't want to create any fuss you know!
Aaaaaahhhhhhhh, this really makes my blood boil, only the british would hold a fuel protest on a Sunday, the French blockade ports and bring the country and Kent (operation stack) to a standstill. What do we do, hold a peaceful protest on a Sunday at Midday.

I do not believe it, I totally agree with Codprawn on this, the Government need to be shown the level of feeling about this and they will not see it at the weekend when they are having a lovely time at their weekend retreats in the country, they will not care.

The protest SHOULD take place mid week and should involve all drivers, not just truckers, we are all struggling. People should take the day off work to register their anger.

Apathy is killing this country, people look at the fuel prices rising and say they don't like it but then just carry on paying it. The cost of living is getting worse day by day.

Gordon Brown says he may look at not increasing the fuel duty later in the year. NO, he should be looking at reducing it now.

We have got to do something more than a weekend protest, but any protest must be peaceful.


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Also remember there are basically only 2 people to blame for the current oil price - Bush and Blair. Without the iraq war oil would be $45 a barrel now - remove out tax as well and you are looking at 25p per litre.......................
Now I know for certain that you are 'off your rocker"
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If you want to protest. How about everyone boycotting Chevron stations for 2 weeks, then BP the next 2 weeks, then Tesco the next 2 weeks It would take some organizing but could easily be done on the internet and media. I bet something will change.
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The protest SHOULD take place mid week and should involve all drivers, not just truckers, we are all struggling.
No we aren't all struggling, my fuel costs this year will be the same as my fuel costs last year.. My driving habits might have changed slightly though.. I might start struggling if I am unable to do my job properly though.. (Long distance private-hire, average mileage 72000 p/a with fuel costs at 7600 p/a..)

I don't understand what compels a driver to fuel up at a garage that sells its fuel at premium prices.. Those who use over-priced motorway services without exploring other options make me scratch one's head.. The Shell on the Winnall roundabout at Winchester is always a few pence cheaper that the services on the M3.. (And is accessible to HGV's.) Anywhere is cheaper than the two Texaco's on the Chichester by-pass, yet they are always full in the morning, trucks, white vans, cars, etc.. etc..

Have your one day protests by all means, it shows unity, (of sorts, I didn't notice any 'Eddie's' in the last protest, perhaps its because he is concentrating on beating Johnny Foreigner on their own soil.. Talking of which, if it's profitable for Norbert and Willie to keep crossing the Channel, why isn't it profitable for Brit companies to do the same???) But ffs don't start blockading the fuel depots and bring the country to a standstill again..
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No we aren't all struggling, my fuel costs this year will be the same as my fuel costs last year
I'm alright jack

I repeat Apathy is killing this country

I think we should all be camped outside fuel depots until something is done
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