Some people have asked why FairFuelUK doesn’t support the idea of hauliers and farmers ‘blockading’ refineries and stopping the flow of fuel to protest about high prices. Over the weekend of March 31st, the media carried reports that some other groups have threatened to do this. FairFuelUK and its backers do not support ‘blockades’ or similar actions because:
A. You only have to look at the effects over recent days of even a threat of disruption to petrol & diesel supplies to see how this hits families and businesses - filling stations running dry, people not being able to get to work and businesses having to stop trading. Imagine what would happen, and who would get hurt, if the flow of fuel was actually stopped for a prolonged period? Cutting off petrol & diesel hurts the very people we are trying to help – the hard pressed families and businesses of Britain.
B. The people who are responsible for the shatteringly high levels of tax on petrol & diesel (now about 83p per litre in combined fuel duty and VAT rising to 86p per litre in the summer) are our politicians in Westminster – not the road users of Britain. We now have to do even more to show the politicians that they are becoming completely out of touch on this vital issue.
We believe as do our backers that it is vital we continue the political pressure. Over the next few weeks, we will be fighting in Parliament to see the 16p a gallon increase, waived through in the Budget speech, scrapped and to make the Government see that it should be cutting fuel duty, not raising it! Please watch this space, we will keep you informed.