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Fuel prices sensible soliloquy (well rant really)
UK Petrol Prices
Member Name: xvrclaw
UK Petrol Prices
Advantages: made me feel better
Disadvantages: fuel prices have not been slashed despite my thoughtful review
As a car driver I feel more and more frustrated every day with the increasing price of fuel (in particular diesel) and feel the need to get some thoughts (not gonna lie, rants) down. Stick with me I promise this is going somewhere...
Firstly, most people nowadays are stuck with the car they already have, either they are locked in by a finance deal or more likely unable to afford the initial outlay on a shiney new `eco` car. The powers that be seem to think that we should all be running, arms wide open, fists full of cash to our nearest Toyota Prius or Citroen whatsitsname dealer to get a new eco model. I don`t think so! I have a car already thank you very much, one which I purchased several years ago after months of painstaking research. I asked myself, Is it safe enough? Cheap to repair? Reliable? Comfortable on a long motorway journey to Scotland? Able to accomodate my wife and mother in law and her legion of luggage? (No as it happens, should have bought a 4 tonner). I didn`t however reduce my research to finding the smallest/ugliest/lightest/least safe Korean car on the market at the time.
Now obviously there are many reasons fuel prices are so high and we all know about the ridiculous duty and the tax on tax, and war and political instability in the middle east but they`re having us on right? It got to a head several years ago when we had the fuel protests and the fuel depot blockades, remember that? Clearly it didn`t make any difference, the government introduced legislation to make such blockades illegal (Cheers Tony and Gordon) and fuel prices continued up on their merry way.
So what`s a good honest law abiding driver supposed to do? Obviously the government wants us all on public transport, that is after all the answer to all of this right? Err no. My most recent experience of public transport was not a pleasant one. Taking a train down to London from Birmingham and back again at rush hour is not for the faint hearted. Going down to London wasn`t too bad, obviously you won`t get a seat but there`s nothing too awful about standing for two hours next to an overflowing stinking toilet is there? Waiting for the train`s platform to get announced at Euston was also a tremendous and life affirming experience. I particularly enjoyed the mad dash/stampede to get to the train as soon as the platform was called. Not only are us Brits famous for queuing, we are also a dab hand at mixed martial arts when there`s a table seat up for grabs.
So because we don`t want to turn up to work stinking of excretion or covered in bruises we drive our cars. We will always drive our cars (emphasis on OUR cars, not the small/ugly/unsafe Korean boxes they want us to buy), the government may as well accept this fact and tackle the tax/duty/price escalator issue head on. We pay them, we elected them, we keep them in their second homes it`s time they worked in our interests for once...
So scrap the fuel price escalator, cut the tax and slash those insane fuel duty rates. Simple really isn`t it? We can all keep our existing cars and I can resume driving my 4x4 200 yards to the post box. Cheers!
Summary: fuel prices : Booh Hiss!