British fuel strikes versus Government conspiracy to make money for treasury.

Scenes at many forecourts

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Happy Easter 2012

What a joke. The British public approach this, the first real Bank Holiday break of the year in a week which has seen us with unseasonally high temperatures. So high that beaches have been packed with visitors sun bathing. In March I ask you. It is not even spposed to be Spring yet.

As well as this freak event we now face the possibilty of more snowfall in the coming week making this a really topsy turvy part of the year. If this wasn't bad enough our Fuel tanker drivers are considering strike action due to pension and working conditions. Now I don't blame them for doing this but they have had all winter to do this. Why should they choose to strike as the better weather approaches. You guessed it. They can do it to cause maximum impact at a time when the public will want to use their transport to get out and about over the approaching holiday period.

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Queues at petrol forecourts.

This has been the scene all week. Panic buying. People filling their cars, lorries, vans , motorcycles, lawn mowers. You name it they have done it. Not to mention Jerry cans of all sizes.

We have even had Government Ministers encouraging us to fill up if we have less than 2/3rds of a tank of fuel. Mmmm I wonder why? To cause panic...why? Because panic causes us to part with our cash. If we spend our cash on fuel 80% of it goes to the Treasury in tax. I shouldn't need to say anymore on the subject but I am damn well going to.

I am so sick and tired of hearing about comments made by the idiots who are trying to run this great country of ours into the ground. Government Ministers should learn that they have the influence to affect what takes place with the people here. One spokesman advised us to fill cans and store petrol in our sheds at home. What happened next was inevitable. There was a case of a poor woman in the North East who set herself on fire transferring fuel between containers in her kitchen. As she was decanting the fuel it ignited engulfing her in flames. She is currently fighting for her life in intensive care with 40% burns to her body.

I hope the Minister who gave that instruction will be able to sleep soundly tonight, because I know I wouldn't be able to if was I who had said that.

Irresponsible is what I would call it.

I wonder what the Chancellor of the Exchequer would call it while he is busy in his counting house? A result probably.

Conspiracy theory.

With a tendency to be very sceptical I have arrived at the theory that the proposed strikes are backed by and instigated by Government to divert attention from what they are doing, especially the recent Budget review, making us all concentrate on this so they can get away with whatever they like without us noticing. Who me paranoid? I have seen it and heard about these instances so many times.

Look at it this way. The only good which will come out of this kind of action will be increased revenue for the government. Fuel prices reflect supply and demand. When supply is high, pricers are cheaper. When demand is high so are prices. Oil companies see this and see the opportunity to make a fast buck. Not only petrol companies I know, but oil, gas and electricity alike. When panic is caused we walk straight into their path and end up paying through the nose everytime. Petrol and diesel prices continue to rise without strikes and high demand. Demand right now is outstripping supply and there is a shortage everywhere as forecourts run dry unable to replenish quickly enough.

Prices will only go higher and higher as the Treasury increase tax on the stuff. Why bother putting income tax up when they can make money out of us by the back door. Well Mr Cameron it stinks in my view. Wages are going down, working hours longer, conditions and benefits worsen. We cannot go on like this. The average price of a litre of fuel now is £1.50. To my reckoning this now makes fuel around £7 per gallon.

Because of this I am seriously contemplating buying a Motor Scooter which does 140 miles to the gallon for going to and from work. Ten days or two weeks going to work and back for £7. Now that is what I call good value. And I bet it would be quicker. No sitting in traffic as I could easily zip in and out of the queue's and the summer is coming so would be a great way to stay cool. Not so sure about the winter though.

Conspiracy or no conspiracy one thing is sure, fuel prices will never come down now. This in turn raises prices in shops due to the extra cost to transport the goods. Looks like we are in for yet another bumpy ride. We should be used to it by now.

What can we do?

I have a few suggestions-;

  • Walk to work or school and save fuel and get fit at the same time
  • Buy a more economical car
  • Buy a Moped or Scooter
  • Cycle everywhere
  • Buy a diesel car
  • Make your own bio-fuel ( watch out for a future article on this subject)
  • Go by bus or train if you can
  • Get a hybrid car

These are just a few suggestions and food for thought. I am sure you can add your own to it. The best way that I can think of to combat any effects of conspiracy by government or anyone else is to rain on their parade. Boycott revenue making schemes by government by voting with your feet. They want us to buy fuel therefore we should use less. Less fuel used less money for them. They would want to sell more so would have to reduce prices. As a country we should all play our part and to show government that they can no longer push us around and get what they want everytime. There really is no wonder there are so many wars and revolutions in countries around the world. If things don't improve here soon there is likely to be an explosion on the streets of disgruntled citizens. I can feel it brewing and the atmosphere is not good.

US Watch out.

Sorry I just had to do it.

Apologies for the flippant nature but I felt I had to show you some relevant fuel related products. Diesel sprung to mind so take a look at the Amazon offerings on the brand.

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Let me know your thoughts.

Seriously I really really want to know your thoughts. I want to know your thoughts on the current situation in your country so I can get more of a handle on the fuel situation worldwide. I also want to know what you think about the articles I write. The reason for this is that in order to improve I need constructive comments so feel free to comment in the space provided at the bottom of this article.



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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Interestingly, Nepal too is suffering from fuel crisis. Everyday I see a long queue at the gas station.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I echo all that you have said, we're running out of fuel and the strike hasn't started yet - all thanks to our 'wonderful' government!!

I enjoyed reading and voted up, all the best Lesley


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

From Southern California

We pay more for a gallon of gas than the rest of the country. We pay about $4.50 a gallon which is a lot less than 7 pounds. But cars in Europe and GB run with higher mpg than most of the cars in America. I don't know if VAT is applied to fuel or not, but if it is it must be high.

You cannot use simple economics of supply and demand when oil is run by a monopoly.


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Vinaya, yes I believe that the world will be caught up in the crisis at some point as fuel is in such demand. Oil producing countries no doubt will exert their own pressures and probably slow production to hike up prices.


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Lesley, thanks for the votes and yes I agree our MP's are about as useful as a chocolate fireguard!

ib radmasters. VAT is the bone of contention here in the UK. 20% is the current rate. Our Chancellor should wear a mask and be called Dick Turpin as it is Highway Robbery in my book.Google DT and you will see what I mean. As well as VAT there is a fuel duty surcharge payable as well. If there was no tax on the stuff we would literally pay pennies per litre.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

postcoffeeco

Interesting DT info.

I am a fan of the yes, minister and yes, primeminister TV series. It makes a lot of sense when you apply it to real government in both GB and the US.

I am surprised that your hub didn't stir up more interest in the problem. Apathy is probably the reason that these kind of artificial shortages can be so successful.

Thanks


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

ib r, when I started to write this hub it was just a hunch that it was a conspiracy by the government. After reading today's Sunday scandal rags it would appear I was right and it was an elaborate plan to foil the strikes and cause panic buying.This would then divert eyes away from what they were doing in Parliament. Then they wonder why nobody trusts politicians!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Here in Canada we also have fuel problems. Gas prices are way higher than they have been in a long time and many people are choosing to do the alternatives you suggest such as walking and biking. Thanks for introducing me to your part of the world, I do hope your hub helps draw more attention to get a better solution!


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Thanks Christy. Things are going to get tough as far as fuel is concerned. We can't go on paying and paying like this. How high can prices go?

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