Thanks to all those rain-soaked supporters who made the trip to London. We filled the House of Commons, stopped traffic in Westminster and delivered a ground-breaking report to door of Number 10. National Fair Fuel Day was covered by TV, radio and papers throughout the day. Even FOX TV from America was there. This is intelligent public protest at its very finest. As I sat in a packed committee room in the House of Commons with our tireless parliamentary ally, Robert Halfon MP, I was enormously proud of what the day achieved.
Together we've catapulted high fuel duty to the top of the political agenda and asked vital questions about the damage it does to the UK economy. We've also begun an important debate to examine the real numbers behind fuel taxation. How can a government possibly defend a taxation regime that forces its citizens to pay £80 in tax for fuel that actually costs just £24. That's right - to pay for a £60 fill up, we have to earn £104. That huge tax take is national insurance, income tax, VAT and fuel duty. The oil companies get just twenty four quid. That's why the UK has the second highest fuel duty in the entire world. These are numbers we need to know.
Fair Fuel will also insist that we know how many jobs are lost and how much economic activity is damaged every time fuel duty goes up. The Treasury hasn't done these figures and its time they did. Because the weight of these absurd numbers and the pressure of public protest will bring about a sea change in fuel taxation. The UK has reached a tipping point and politicians are now realising that this impossible financial pressure on families and businesses can't continue. Yesterday was a huge success. Well done everybody.