Blog: Dave LeggettFuel price protests

Dave Leggett | 1 October 2003

British motorists are being faced with a 1.3 pence increase on the duty levied on litre of petrol from today (about 5 pence a gallon)and it's bringing back talk of fuel depot blockades and protests led by freight hauliers. Unhelpfully, the international oil price has recently spiked, so the increase will likely become visible in the pump price sooner or later - whatever the retailers say. A similar protest three years ago brought chaos and a government climb-down. Mess with people's right to drive and you play with fire. All the reasoned argument in the world will count for nought when you cannot get gas for your motor. Who you gonna blame? Watch out Tony Blair!


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