Thursday, April 5, 2012

As the person who originally set up FairFuelUK I feel the need to respond to some of the comments from people (particularly on Facebook and the FFUK Blog) expressing frustration or dissatisfaction at what we are doing and how we are doing it, particularly in relation to the use of ‘direct action’.

(Photo: Peter Carroll with Quentin Willson outside the Treasury before March 2011 Budget)

FairFuelUK is funded and backed by four main organisations who have stated that they will not support ‘direct action’. I know from the postings that there are a few people who believe that ‘direct action’ is the right way forward. It is for them to follow this through either as individuals, or to support other groups who do advocate direct action, or, indeed, to form and develop such a group themselves. 

The reason for putting up our recent posting about the subject of ‘direct action’ was to clarify beyond doubt that FairFuelUK does not support, cannot support and will not support it. We have always been clear on this point and believe that political pressure will ultimately bring dividends, whereas direct action will only inconvenience businesses and the public.


Whilst I understand the anger and frustration that the high price of fuel is causing, FairFuelUK is fighting along the lines set out by its backers. If you feel that ‘direct action’ is the way ahead, we are not the campaign group for you and we wish you good luck as I know that we ALL want the same result, considerably lower prices at the pumps.

Peter Carroll
Founder of FairFuelUK

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[ posted by Adam Chase, 05.04.12 19:25 ]

If someone is raping you, screaming wont stop them. A few punches in the face on the other hand should do the job....


[ posted by Joe TURNBULL, 05.04.12 19:29 ]

The thing is, how much longer are we going to have to wait? By the time the fuel goes down if ever it'll be well over £2.00 a litre!
The government don't and won't listen because they simply don't care. That's the bottom line. Tax goes up and up and the working man suffers. I cannot believe just how back in time we are. They are just like the people that ran the country 400 years ago. Nothing's changed.
Just look at cigarettes. One of the biggest killers that causes cancer and yet they aren't banned because there is too much tax taken from them. They only thing they could do without creating mass hysteria but subsequently ruining the public house trade was to stop it in public places.
I, like many others have to watch what I charge for my work but lose work because I've included the price of the diesel to get me there and back.

The whole thing is a farce and it will probably end with yourself in a nice comfortable job in parliament with the rest of the robbers.
I sincerely hope you do win over the government but they clearly couldn't give a monkeys.




[ posted by Ben, 05.04.12 19:52 ]

I would say that 100 is more than a few.

Political pressure is not working - this is obvious. Fair enough, FFUK's backers have stated that they "will not support direct action". FFUK should now be working with these organisations to develop a new strategy that will increase the pressure on the government, or risk losing the public support it has built up.

As for inconvenience - I'd say a few days due to some form of action (should it come to that) would be vastly preferable to the inconvenience of, say, losing one's job because of inability to travel to the place of work. Or inability to afford food because haulier's costs have forced the price of goods up.

Get your priorities right.


[ posted by Gareth, 05.04.12 20:01 ]

Thanks for clarifying your position.
I for one feel direct action is counter productive to nation, but hope MPs who have promised support will try to get a more stable price.
The rises are bad enough, but the 20% Vat extra doesn't help to get government to intervene,as great income for them as tanker drivers strike farce by government proves, but they could!!
Certainly as a business the vat doesn't make a difference, but it pressures employees getting to work/sites in own vehicles, and many can't transfer to public transport as at past government requests they "Got on their Bike" and travel long distances to obtain a job.
As an individual I travel less and spend less at recreational places, so how does this help economy


[ posted by Doug, 05.04.12 20:18 ]

I wish that you'd reconsider, both your stance on direct action and your backers. We protested en masse when fuel hit £1. Every penny after that was worth its own protest and to do nothing as we pass £1.50 says just how useful the FFUK campaign has been.
It's not as if we are even seeing anything in return for our fuel taxation, the roads outside my home are scarred like sandpaper from the past few winters and there is no sign they will be repaired. This is in a major city not a rural country lane.
Grow some balls FFUK!


[ posted by lorraine, 05.04.12 20:35 ]

I just want to let you know about my situation..... I am a single parent working 22.5 hours a week as a clinical support worker for the NHS in the renal unit. I drive 48 miles round trip to get to work and then pay at work for parking 3 days a week. The government have now stopped my working tax credits as I cannot work 24 hours a week as the trust I work for will not increase my hours. As I work in a specialised area there are no jobs for me nearer to my home, there is no public transport I could use to get to my place of work..... so my predicament is this, I am paying £1.48 per litre of diesel, I have now lost approx. £3,500 per year in tax credits and I do not know how I am going to pay my outgoings this year!! Maybe I should give up my job,scrap my car and loose all myself esteem and join the rest of the millions on the dole.....well at least the government will pay my rent council tax much for helping those who work Mr Cameron!! This is the reality in Britain today. Cut the fuel duty,help people like me who need to contribute to society, dont educate me and then treat me with contempt because I want to better myself.This country will be on its knees if you dont do something about now !!!!!!


[ posted by Rich, 05.04.12 20:40 ]

I'm afraid that people and businesses are going to have to suffer if we ever want the government to lower the tax on fuel, thats what it's all about, you have to be prepared to suffer for your cause, that's the problem with this country, not enough people are prepared to suffer to fight for lower fuel prices. I for one am prepared to suffer and i know that more and more people in this country are becoming prepared to suffer, it's only a matter of time now before the people of this country unite and take direct action to fight for lower fuel prices in this country with or without Fairfuel UK's help..........


[ posted by mal, 05.04.12 20:43 ]

If you scream and shout at a wall the wall does not move eventually you stop. Thats this Gov'ts plan they are the wall.
The ordinary man in the street has hardly no voice with this particular Gov't where else do you pay more in tax than the actual product they know we will never or can't in most cases give up our vehicles.What does FFUK plan to do next, I was one of your most optimistic supporters but I would love a steer as to where do You (we) go from here. I have lobbyed my Conservitive Mp and wait 6 weeks for a reply.


[ posted by Mike Hawkins, 05.04.12 23:21 ]

I am sorry to disagree with you but I have been supporting you from the start and supported you through out but political pressure has failed to get any meaning full results unless we as a whole are prepared to take some form of non violent action and stand up to the extortionate tax put on the price of fuel we may as well just give up


[ posted by Chris Markins, 07.04.12 11:26 ]

I find it sad that so many people on here moan. For Gods sake support or argue constructively. Quentin and his team seem to be doing all the right things. So support the campaign or go do you own thing. I am struggling with petrol prices but see no one else fighting professionally but fairfueluk . I don't want strikes and stuff as tis will screw me and my family's life up more.


[ posted by Ian Parker, 03.05.12 07:15 ]

I have to agree with the majority. I like quite a few people have supported you from the beginning. But, I am losing the will to continue, or care, as it seems that it does not matter what we think or wish for, no one is listening, least of all the government. But I suppose if they are raking in approx 100 million a day on fuel duty, it will take more than words to get them to change their views or position?


[ posted by Lynette McKone, 08.05.12 13:27 ]

Fair fuel uk gives people a voice where once they were silent
It's easy to sit at home, talking and moaning about all the things which affect our lives, but with an e-petition at least you know that someone, somewhere is takiig notice of what you have to say, even if they don't take action.
I strongly support e-petions because they allow us to tell our stories and let other people know how we feel about all the things which matter to us, and which are important to us, I have just had Lookaround, the BBC regional news programme, filming me ofr a piece about FFUK; I doubt it will make any difference in the end but at least I have a voice, don't give up on FFUK, I think they are doing the best they can, unfortunately with their arms tied, but who else is going to stand up for us?
Lynette McKone


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