Quentin Willson - Lead Campaigner
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
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When elected this government said that the war on motorists was over, haven't seen any signs of this being the truth. The cost of motoring (and everything else) is going up and up and up, money going in to governments bottomless coffers that they are finding endless news ways to spend. It seems that the time is approaching when government will take all of the money WE earn and make everyone live on benefits of one sort or another, under the cosh so to speak, be a good little citizen or your benefits will be reduced, be a politician and have endless benefits and perks!! The solution? Vote UKIP or Freedom Party.
Happy to say that my MP, Eilidh Whiteford, SNP, actually replied to my email and is a supporter.
the price of fuel is my biggest expense after mortgage its getting to the point where its close to being uneconomical to run my car no car means i would be unable to get to work and unable to be a father to my son who lives with his mum miles away,i voted tory at last election but if they don't see sense on fuel i will be looking for the party that will
It is crippling Mark, it really is. Though you say "I voted tory at last election but if they don't see sense on fuel i will be looking for the party that will"
Had an e-mail reply from Johnathan Djanogly (MP for Huntingdonshire) with the usual Tory (coalition?) party line and "high oil prices" so have sent him a response back with the tanker images (and credit to Fairfuel UK).
The local Lib Dem MP for Cambridge, Julian Huppert, did reply to my e-mail, but gave no assurances that he would support a reduction in fuel duty. That doesn't surprise me. At the 2010 general election hustings, he said he would actually like fuel prices to be higher!
Got a good positive responce from my MP, Philip Davies and pleased to see his name on the published list supporting Fairfuel UK.
My MP has replied twice to my request (The Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP) but I am sorry to say he is not in touch with the public's views, he as usual follows the party line and high oil prices, I ask anyone in the Surrey area to e-mail his office or the House of Commons explaining, We the public want the fuel Duty reduced, NOT INCREASED.
I have e-mailed my MP (Karen Bradley - Staffordshire Moorlands) twice on this issue, as has my partner who runs a one man band driving school, but to no avail. She intimates that the findings of the CEBR are inaccurate and that we should be grateful to the Government that we are actually paying 10p less than we would have been if they had not already acted in the public's favour! And, of course, she just had to drop in about the legacy of the deficit left behind by the previous Government. These people will never properly understand the awful pressure of just everyday living, if you can call it that, whilst their life style is being funded to the hilt by the likes of us. If they really gave a damn they would take the lead and say that, from now on, we'll pay for our own lavish meals, washed down with expensive wines, in top hotels, instead of taking badly needed monies from the public coffers. They'd pay for their own rents for the large properties they take up residence in, etc. Not to mention the ones that 'make mistakes' by claiming for a variety of things they are not even entitled to. What do they actually spend their wages on? No wonder they fail to understand how the general public are suffering because they don't live in the real world, where jobs are being lost and hours are being cut! The terrible cost of fuel puts a strain on everything and these fools want to increase it further? Please e-mail your MP before it is too late - don't sit back and think others will do it.
Kerry McCarthy MP - Bristol - Labour replied that she had already debated this problem as shadow ttreasury minister but to no avail.
I think we are wasting our time trying to convince certain MPs about fuel prices.
Lets not be unrealistic and expect massive reductions but to have fuel prices at an average European Union price would be good.
Politicians mostly appear to live in cloud cuckoo land and are totally out of touch with the electorate-they need a damn big bomb under them to make them realise that without the electorate they would be toiling their arse's off like the majority of us to make ends meet.I have come to the conclusion that the vast majority of our 'leaders' belong to a lieing,conniving breed who think that to become a politician entitles them to ride roughshod over the electorate and to pamper themselves with mountains of goodies denied to the rest of us-bring on the revolution;and I just wish 100% of this country's electorate would make the effort to make things change by bombarding MP's continuously until they see sense
Like a great many Fair Fuel campaigners I have contacted my MP - Jeremy Wright, Member for Kenilworth and Southam, Warwickshire. Like most other MP’s he has trotted out the Party line, effectively saying that the Government have already NOT put in place earlier rises that were planned, so the Government have done their bit. Jeremy Wright, like all MP’s is not affected by the price of fuel, they simply claim the cost of “business mileage” back from the Government. In fairness to him, and other MP’s I am not opposed to this, because before I retired I had a company car, for which I paid very high taxes, but I was able to claim back the cost of fuel. What really gets to me is the fact that Government say they have to reduce our vast National debt – absolutely true, but at the same time they have find ways to stimulate our stagnating economy. They have recognised that they need to do this by creating a climate of growth in business to reduce the huge tax burden on both small and large businesses. There has been talk about reducing VAT, or NI contributions, but what makes me so angry is that a reduction in fuel duty would be so much better for all businesses, because it would reduce the tax burden on business, and allow them to employ more people, thus taking many off Government benefit payments, hence reduce the amount being paid out to the unemployed by Government, AND at the time put money back into the pockets of pensioners, the disabled, those living in country areas, where there is no public transport, and the working public, which in turn would lead to more spending on the high street. This would then create more tax revenue for the Government to use to pay off our National debt. Unfortunately most of our MP’s are too thick, or stupid to see this, or maybe cynically most MP’s are too scared to step away from the Party line, because if they do then all these lucrative extra paid committee jobs would be denied to them. Heaven forbid that they should do their job, which is to represent public opinion, because they could well loose out financially.
High taxation on fuel penalises the public generally and hauliers specifically as well as stagnating growth in the economy. Reducing NI contributions impacts negatively upon the Health Service, or so we are to believe. Transferring the tax burden to higher VAT is fairer as this taxes spending, in which there is some degree of choice, and not earning as in the case of Income Tax.
I fully support the campaign, having in the last few years becoming bankrupt and losing everything:- now having to very carefully budget. Plus .. (I know it's the wrong comparison) ...my Son's paying a lot less than 20 pence / Litre in Bahrain. But we all know Britain's image....'rip off'.
The response from my MP to my latest request was absolute
the papers are to scared to print the REAL fuel scandle (ie how the people of the land keep getting robbed) on the front page of there paper (WHERE IT COUNTS ) and call out the theives (ie the goveroment ) but there agian i surppose fuels not dear when you pay your self large salary of yet more of our money that you steal off us in yer so called of taxes :-0
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