posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 09:18 AM
The group who organised the infamous fuel protests in 2000
, in respose to high fuel prices in
the UK are planning to conduct similar protests begining next week. Plans include blocking all refineries until tax on fuel is cut, making fuel more
Its a contentious issue. I agree with the idea of cutting tax, because the revenue that the government collects from fuel is skyrocketing with rising
fuel prices. They could easily afford to drop the fuel tax by a few percent. Here's a table showing
fuel tax rates.
I support the right to protest, and sympathise with Lorry drivers, particularly the small self employed operations who spend 40% and above on fuel,
but the disruption and damage these protests cause is quite substantial. Consider the dependance of the emergency services upon a reliable source of
fuel, as well as the hospitals, public transport etc.
Also, with the inevitability of fuel price rises, as shown by rises since 2000 (how we'd all love to go back to the sept 2000 price of 81p/litre),
the whole exercise equates to little more than urinating in the wind in the long run.
The protest might not happen on the scale they hope, but incase it does, it might be worth filling the tank up before people start panic buying.
The Fuel Tax Protest website