Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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[ posted by Steve francis, 08.05.12 09:57 ]

I have thought that a political party formed by donations from motorists should do well in taking votes from the main parties. If 20 million motorists donated £10.00 for a fund to have a few M.Ps elected to support our aims. We should ask for a max of £1.00 a liter for fuel. I spend £120.00 each week traveling to work and back.

If the main parties can be convinced that at least 10 million votes can be lost to the motorists party maybe we will stop being punished on fuel.

Its a fact that the so called Global Warming is a myth and only taken up by governments to brainwash us into paying even more taxes. The planet has a cycle of about 25.000 years when it goes from hot to cold. At the moment we are coming out of the cold cycle.

Do what you can to motivate more people to support the idea.

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[ posted by Linda Weeks, 08.05.12 10:13 ]

This government has no idea how the cost of Fuel is affecting ordinary people. Fair Fuel Uk is doing a wonderful job. I for one, will not be voting for them this time!!

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[ posted by John H Stanway, 08.05.12 10:37 ]

I as a disabled person live entirely on benefits, I get help through the mobility scheme to get a car that costs me my FULL disability allowance each week - fair enough.
The only trouble is, with fuel at the price it is today, how are we, the disabled, supposed to be able to pay for the high cost of fuel out of a means tested benefit which leaves us on the poverty line anyway?
I would also mention that the mobility scheme is the biggest fleet purchaser of cars in the country, so our views should also be taken into consideration, but just seem to get dismissed out of hand.

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[ posted by John, 08.05.12 10:38 ]

There is also one other thing to consider its this
Jan 24 2012 Brent Crude $ 110.10 Sterling Equiv 77.70 Price at Local Petrol Station 134p per litre. ( gbp/usd 1.5554 used)
Today May 8 2012 Brent Crude $ 112.55 Sterling Equiv 69.66 ( gbp/usd 1.6155) price at same local petrol station 139.90.
It is approx £ 1 per barrel cheaper but the cost to me the consumer is 5.9p per litre higher..

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[ posted by Steve Mac, 08.05.12 10:41 ]

I drive a mobility car and also have a disabled persons bus pass. I never used the pass until recently but now I can't afford not to. How is it good for the economy for people like me to stop buying fuel in favour of using my bus pass the local council have to pay for. If the government dropped the fuel duty back to an affordable level, people like me could use the cars we lease, and the government would get something out of us, rather than the nothing we give them now and the extra it costs them for me to use the bus.

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[ posted by Frank Caller, 08.05.12 10:53 ]

They just don't get it, fuel prices up equals service supplies go up to cover costs, less money in people's pockets to spend And the economy stagnates.
Simples
Reduce the tax, but of course while they are swanning around in their cars supplied by the taxpayer with no expense to themselves why should they worry

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[ posted by dai, 08.05.12 11:36 ]

well if it keeps going up,we will have to do something more drastick than talk about it on facebook..

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[ posted by James Isaac, 08.05.12 13:02 ]

Do they not recall who placed the country in this position in the first place? These political parties must stop passing on the baton and the blame as they are all making us poorer and poorer and not accepting responsability !

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[ posted by Jim King, 08.05.12 16:16 ]

They want to know why we are angry??????and why we are sick of talk on "tough decisions" and "The economic mess we inherited".
They ask "Why, are you upset about 3p on fuel when we cut the upper rate of tax?, we also cut fuel duty by 1p to aid the motorist"

Ok, I will tell you why!

lets say I start to work a second Job Stacking supermarket shelves. 8 Hrs on a Saturday, earning minimum wage - Just to fill the car so I can get to my primary Job.

end of Shift 1 - I have earned £48.56 (I use it to buy 23.93 litres of fuel)

This should cost £14.47 Including the oil cost, cost of refining it, transport of it, retailer overheads and profit.

everything else has been taken by the Government, here is a breakdown

£9.71 - Income Tax
£5.34 - National Insurance
£2.81 - VAT on my fuel
£13.87 - Fuel Duty
£2.77 - VAT on the Fuel duty

So for my 8 hours hard work I earn £48.56 and the government help themselves to £34.51 of it, or 71% of it, then they tell me they need to take more, to help them make "tough decisions".

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[ posted by highland witch, 09.05.12 10:28 ]

If these people had to pay for their fuel, instead of claiming it all back on expenses and were not subsidised for their food and accommodation etc they would soon realise how the rest of us in the country are NOT surviving.
We are existing and limping and scrimping from day to day - nearly as bad as during the war when rationing was in situ.
I live in an area where we have been 'given 5p a litre off fuel' - only trouble our fuel is still 148.9 and rising and very much a changeable figure but always on the way up.

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[ posted by highland witch, 09.05.12 10:28 ]

If these people had to pay for their fuel, instead of claiming it all back on expenses and were not subsidised for their food and accommodation etc they would soon realise how the rest of us in the country are NOT surviving.
We are existing and limping and scrimping from day to day - nearly as bad as during the war when rationing was in situ.
I live in an area where we have been 'given 5p a litre off fuel' - only trouble our fuel is still 148.9 and rising and very much a changeable figure but always on the way up.

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[ posted by Tim Stothard, 09.05.12 10:30 ]

Petrol prices have risen at stupid rates since I started driving in the 80's this campaign is a good idea but will it really work - not sure but I'm keeping fingers crossed that it does as the berks in Downing St have no idea how hard things are for the public.

They earn a fortune and pay for nothing - why not slap a high tax on there earnings and see how they like it.....

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[ posted by Mac, 09.05.12 10:31 ]

I have to use a car as I have no bus service in my area even though I am on the outskirts of a large town. Being an older person on a limited budget, the price of fuel is already really making life difficult. Yet another increase will mean I will have to stop using my car altogether and then rely on taxis for visits to GP, Dentist library and shopping. You can guess just how often these visits will be undertaken with the cost of these trips - basically only in an emergency. No visits to friends or family either. So much for making the older person feel "included" in this big society.

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[ posted by john charlton, 09.05.12 10:31 ]

This goverment do not live in the real world,they keep putting the price of fuel up,where do they think the man in the street gets the extra money from,if they didnt give so much money away to other countries and stopped imigration they would have more money in the coffers probally enough to reduce a lot of taxes,this goverment would never get my vote,they are going the same way as Thatches goverment will not listen to what the people of this country are saying.

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[ posted by Ron from Glasgow, 09.05.12 10:32 ]

If this was the United States the people just wouldn't put up with this blatant theft from their pockets.

The party which reduces fuel taxes to an acceptable level and also uses my substantial Vehicle Excise Duty (Road Tax) to re-invest in our transport infrastructure and invest in even the simple things like fixing potholes, better road markings and street lighting is the party that will get my vote.

As a motorist I am just fed up being robbed by Governments and used as a cash cow to fund the social budget and people who milk the system for furnished houses and support for their half dozen kids and everything else that goes with it.

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[ posted by Peter Croft, 09.05.12 10:34 ]

It is not the people who cause inflation,but the Government.So seeing that the cost of oil and fuel causes inflation,doesn't it make sense that the Government should stop heaping tax after tax on petrol and diesel ? Everything is linked to the cost of fuel,the truth is that the motorist has been a cash cow for so long,the Government can't stop taking money from them. Well Mr. Cameron how about sticking a " Fiver " on a round of golf,or a "tenner" on an ounce of caviar,just a suggestion,now don't go holding your breath of some respite on fuel duty,or indeed reversal of a good bit of it.Being a millionaire career politician is just too far removed to grasp what ordinary people are going through,or is the demand from the EU for extra money just too great to be ignorred from the present Government?

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[ posted by tonda1, 09.05.12 10:34 ]

Cynical (but unarguable) to say that MP's are unlikely to feel the pain of any fuel price hike as their mileage is probably 'subsidised' at something well in excess of 40p or 50p per mile. Hardly encourages them to feel our pain, does it?

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[ posted by Tracey Thorpe, 09.05.12 10:35 ]

I would like to see the goverment cut the fuel duty they always look after the rich never the poor I always fill about once a fornight and it cost about nearly £30 which is crazy this government don,t what they are doing to this country I think if labour where in power I think they would turn this country around by taxing the bank bonues etc so everyone has more money in their pocket

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[ posted by Charles Black, 09.05.12 10:39 ]

Yes, this government is totally out of touch with real people and concentrate on their own wealth and rich friends who fund their party. This is born out by their cutting tax for the rich and reducing benefits for those who can least afford it. A major cost for the average person is fuel and this is because the sky high amount taken in tax. I understand that the UK has the highest fuel prices in Europe yet all the leaders can say is that it would have been worse if they had added another 10p last year! They are not just out of touch - they are operating from another planet!

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[ posted by Lea Shipley, 09.05.12 10:42 ]

I give talks at a tourist attraction on Dartmoor and it was noticeable that over the bank holiday weekend we had less visitors.
Due to the high cost of fuel holiday makers from up country were not going to fill their tanks just for a weekend in Devon.
Let's hope the will for a week or fortnight later in the year.
Our local economy depends on tourism.

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[ posted by John Louis, 09.05.12 10:52 ]

The bit that really gets to me is having to pay VAT on Fuel duty. We are being taxed for the pleasure of paying another tax. If they started by removing the VAT from the fuel duty element it would a start of being fairer.

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[ posted by ID, 09.05.12 10:57 ]

George Osborne said: "We're all in this together" but he omitted to mention that we're in it up to our necks (and rising) while he and his rich friends are only in it up to their ankles.

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[ posted by Mike McCauley, 09.05.12 11:08 ]

We are being robbed by the people who have been elected to look after us, every day I expect a knock on my front door and standing there would be Robin Hood and his band of merry men returning my hard earned cash which George Osborne and the remainder of this coalition are truly ignorant and arrogant, the quicker they are out of power the better for all, as they are out of control.

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[ posted by Tony, 09.05.12 11:15 ]

I couldn't agree more with all the comments.when I was a child we used to go off in the car for a ride in the countryside or to a park or attraction.thanks to the price of fuel today,every penny we spend on filling up goes towards getting to work.
We see foreign aid going up,eu membership increasing,the cost of the Olympics and yet the government seem oblivious to the fact that average working people just cannot cope.
In an ideal world I would like to see a national campaign organized where every private motorist in england DOES NOT visit the fuel pump,the forecourts all across the country are deserted and the government receives no revenue!!!then watch how quickly the government reduces fuel duty!!
It's thanks to Fairfuel uk that motorists are starting to realise just what a powerful union they can be.

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[ posted by James H, 09.05.12 11:17 ]

So what, we're 10p better of per litre? It's not about NOT adding to fuel duty, it's about CUTTING it. We already pay Vehicle Exise Duty on top of which we have to pay VAT as well. How can you justify TAXING a tax? And then we get hit again at the pumps, where the fuel duty is more expensive than the cost of the fuel, plus that TAX gets TAXED again with VAT. I have to drive roughly 1,500 miles a month for my job, and as it's shifts from 6:30 to 18:30, public transport just isn't an option. I travel further for a job, yet it seems like the government are punishing those who do. For some of us, a vehicle IS a necessity. It simply isn't good enough. Do they want me to have to quit and start claiming benefits? The government don't realise how hard it is as they simply claim any costs back in "expenses" which means they never have to worry about it. I'd like to see them actually work for the better interests of the public, that's supposed to be their job, instead of just trying to make it better for themselves.

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[ posted by Colin, 09.05.12 11:18 ]

All this reminds me of a famous quote from the Book "Animal Farm", where it says "everyone is equal .. but some are more equal than others". Its about time people started voting for a party that will actually put Britain and its people first and not just vote because thats they way they have always voted. MP's are coated in non stick material, you only have to remember the expenses scandels to realise that no matter how crooked or corrupted they are, they will always find a way to get out of it.
I'd call for blockading all oil terminals and refinerys in the UK, bring this cccountry to a stand still and then lets see if they are prepared to listen.

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[ posted by lindsay.mcquaker, 09.05.12 11:19 ]

This GOVERNMENT IS TREATING THE PEOPLE in a dickensian way. Well, you have gone too far. The people are sick and tired of the greed of the few. George Osborne hasn,t got an incline of what an angry British Public can do. A quotation from one of Dickens,s book-------- If they cannot have bread let them eat cake.

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[ posted by DENNIS GOUGH, 09.05.12 11:21 ]

The Prime Minister Nick Clegg must know talk is cheap we need action like a cut of at least 20p.I am disabled and need to use my car to go everywhere.

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[ posted by James H, 09.05.12 11:22 ]

So what, we're 10p better of per litre? It's not about NOT adding to fuel duty, it's about CUTTING it. We already pay Vehicle Exise Duty on top of which we have to pay VAT as well. How can you justify TAXING a tax? And then we get hit again at the pumps, where the fuel duty is more expensive than the cost of the fuel, plus that TAX gets TAXED again with VAT. I have to drive roughly 1,500 miles a month for my job, and as it's shifts from 6:30 to 18:30, public transport just isn't an option. I travel further for a job, yet it seems like the government are punishing those who do. For some of us, a vehicle IS a necessity. It simply isn't good enough. Do they want me to have to quit and start claiming benefits? The government don't realise how hard it is as they simply claim any costs back in "expenses" which means they never have to worry about it. I'd like to see them actually work for the better interests of the public, that's supposed to be their job, instead of just trying to make it better for themselves.

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[ posted by Mark Dagnall, 09.05.12 11:25 ]

I run a small business, this government continually states it supports small business's, so why are we being taxed off the roads by a conservative government that is not listening to the needs of the business community. the only issue I have is that any alternative government will not change it either, they will continue in the same vain, its easy revenue.

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[ posted by Barry Pugh, 09.05.12 11:29 ]

Is it not time we all made a stand against this out of touch government, I know everyone is against strike action but with this government led by a pompous arrogant idiot namely Cameron along with his pompous arrogant so called chancellor Osborne I think this may well be the only way they are likely to take some notice, look what happened when Thatcher brought in Poll tax the country rebelled and we should now be doing the same. Cameron is Thatcher in drag they have plenty of money and now getting richer while we the general public are all struggling. I am a pensioner and it is crippling me and I have to use my car as I cannot walk far. Unless we act this useless coalition government will not do a thing as they are just sitting in there cosy warm houses laughing at us.

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[ posted by Richard Bird director of Hydrotechnix Ltd, 09.05.12 11:30 ]

We are in the business of helping customers reduce their vehicle fuel bills (by adding a HHO system to their vehicle) so you may think that we would want this increase of fuel duty in August. However, our company, like everyone else, is being affected by high fuel costs. As a UK manufacturer, the cost prices of raw materials and components seem to rise every month. UK companies that we have been doing business with for years are folding every week. This means we are having to spend our money abroad. The cause, fuel prices. We are seeing a huge increase in business from countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal. Fuel prices are crippling growth in these countries. Do we really have to be brought to the brink of collapse before the government listens to us?

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[ posted by William Shepstone, 09.05.12 11:32 ]

It is no wonder our MP,s are doing nothing with regard to reducing the tax on petrol and diesel due to the fact they are assigning such fuel costs to their MP expenses.

A simple solution to the problem would be to remove the 20% VAT charge from the cost of petrol and diesel fuels.

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[ posted by Richard Bird director of Hydrotechnix Ltd, 09.05.12 11:33 ]

We are in the business of helping customers reduce their vehicle fuel bills (by adding a HHO system to their vehicle) so you may think that we would want this increase of fuel duty in August. However, our company, like everyone else, is being affected by high fuel costs. As a UK manufacturer, the cost prices of raw materials and components seem to rise every month. UK companies that we have been doing business with for years are folding every week. This means we are having to spend our money abroad. The cause, fuel prices. We are seeing a huge increase in business from countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal. Fuel prices are crippling growth in these countries. Do we really have to be brought to the brink of collapse before the government listens to us?

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[ posted by admin, 09.05.12 11:43 ]

A VAT reduction will benefit the public, but not businesses who already claim VAT back if they are registered. So prices of products will still be affected by transport costs. Good thought though and would be a step in the right direct especially as VAT is charged on Fuel Duty too

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[ posted by bob claringbold, 09.05.12 11:50 ]

i ride a motorbike to work and fill my tank up with fuel that last year cost me £11.oo now same fill up cost me £21.00 so even if these people who have low cost fuel running cars must be feeling the cost .our boss at pendennis superyaghts is trying to do his best by laying on busses for workers to try and reduce traffic but if fuel costs keep increasing even that will be under threat

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[ posted by Colin, 09.05.12 12:10 ]

Quite apart from the extortionate tax the Government put on fuel anyway, what fool thought it would be a good idea to increase the tax on diesel to make it more expensive than petrol? We're possibly the only country in the EU where diesel costs more than petrol, in most others diesel is usually around 10% cheaper. Everything we buy, sell and manufacture is transported buy trucks which run on diesel; the result of this stupid policy is an increase in the cost of everything!

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[ posted by Gwen Tanner, 09.05.12 12:13 ]

It seems unreal that you have so far only accumulated just over 1/4 million supporters. I am always sending your e-mails onto about 50 contacts and pleading with friends/family to support the fairfuelcampaign. They take the attitude that 'nothing ever happens'. My reply is that something will happen if you stop constantly complaining and get on and physically do something about it.
Also do the electorate not realise that food prices are rising as well due the increase in fuel costs to the food industry/distributors!
Please do not give up, alot of us ARE fighting the campaign with you. Best wishes, Gwen

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[ posted by alan, 09.05.12 12:36 ]

why does the idiots in power not see that if they lower the duty on fuel then food and manufacturing costs will fall giving more in our pockets to spend on luxury items, this may sound crass but if we dont spend money on products and services from our own country it will go abroard. this in turn will make our country go back into ressession,,,, oops sorry guys the government has already done that for us, what a surprise. i really think parliment square could do with some nice big gallows, hang osbourne and all his morons.

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[ posted by robert, 09.05.12 12:43 ]

Regarding Dai comment about doing something more drastic other than ranting about fuel prices on Facebook ,we the public should just turn around and hold the government 2 ransom and hold a 24hour strike. No productivity for a whole 24hours ,but guess what everybody is looking after number 1 . Nobody has the b...s 2 do it though enough said .

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[ posted by David Thorpe, 09.05.12 12:47 ]

I have written to my Conservative MP four times over the last two years, complaining about the level of duty and tax on road fuels. Every reply I have received from my MP simply amounts to him re-stating official Government policy. He shows no regard nor concern for the crippling effect of the current levels of high fuel prices are having on life in Britain. I no longer believe that my MP and his Government colleagues are so far out of touch that they do not understand what their tax policies are doing to us. I have now reached the conclusion that it is Government policy to destroy the UK economy, a conclusion that is supported by the insane reliance upon wind turbines to generate electricity.

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[ posted by Brian L, 09.05.12 12:55 ]

A large proportion of my Grandparents era (1920's) did not venture very far from the location they were born in throughout their whole life. I envisage the situation returning shortly due to the cost of travelling anywhere by road. There is certainly no incentive to travel any distance to get employment. We pay MP's travel expences, whilst they double tax ours. Who are the mugs here?........not them. Wake up Britain.

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[ posted by Janet Scarf, 09.05.12 12:55 ]

As a pensioner I too have a free bus pass,and much was made of this in the Budget when defending the "Granny Tax". I would use it instead of my car if I could but I live in the country and following recent cuts to the local buses my village now has 1 bus a WEEK. We have no village shop or post Office. Rural communities depend on car transport for education, shopping, medical appointments,dentist, hairdresser and social activities etc. Our quality of life is drastically affected by the fuel taxes!

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[ posted by Dougie, 09.05.12 13:14 ]

After being unemployed for the best part of two years, I have got a little part time job - only a couple of hours a day, but I'm spending almost HALF of what I earn in fuel costs! It's just totally ridiculous! The government MUST see sense.

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[ posted by John Stephenson, 09.05.12 13:28 ]

I am amazed that the MP's and their army of bean counters can not see what is so obvious to anyone with half a brain.
Increase the duty/price of fuel and LESS is sold ergo LESS revenue to the exchequer. Their answer is another increase which results in even less fuel sold and so on and so on.
Does it not follow that if a substantial cut was made in the duty/price then the reverse would be true and MORE fuel would be sold and MORE revenue generated.
Of course that pre-supposes that the ultimate aim is not to surrender to the tree huggers and price us off the road alltogether

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[ posted by Lizzie, 09.05.12 13:32 ]

I think we should be campaigning for way more than scrapping the latest 3p rise. Why not go all out for a maximum of £1 per litre. I may have to stop running a car altogether.

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[ posted by Wayne Callcott, 09.05.12 13:36 ]

An MP will do or say anything to keep their highly paid jobs, with all their expenses ( including fuel, also please stop giving money we don't have away in overseas aide !!! ) met by us the taxpayer, so the sooner we threaten this by introducing FFUK MPS the quicker we will get this legalised robbery of a tax undersome control, because they are unwittingly strangling this countries prospects of growth and prosperity for All ... Like all Governments, they don't think people are wise enough to understand what is goig on !!! They treat.

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[ posted by Mikel Roi, 09.05.12 13:41 ]

It is not only the high cost of duty on car fuel VAT that is infuriating, it is also that this comes on top of income tax, tax on essential insurances (Car, House & Contents) tax on the energy we use, 20% (!) VAT on practically everything we buy (which has just cost me over £1,000 VAT I can ill afford on essential weather proofing of my home), plus TV Licence for mostly tripe programs and loads od advertising, car tax and over £1400 p.a in Council tax. I am a 73 year old pensioner with a dependent wife (harly any income at all) and less overall income than the national average NET wage. I am quite willing to pay taxes for health, education and my own population's essential social care. But i am sick of paying all that tax for unaffordable, ludicrous political correctness, unnecessary wars that are robbing us of the cream of our young men, and for the top 20% to enjoy more than two thirds of all our national wealth - while avoiding paying tax. We need policies from this discredited government that turn the whole system upside down. A fairer deal for all the working class (and retired members) who create(d) the wealth and pay proportionally more compared to their smaller incomes) in taxation than the top 20% who reap the most luxurios benefits!

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[ posted by John Edwards, 09.05.12 13:43 ]

This government, just like the previous government is so out of touch with the TAX PAYER. We are ripped off every way we turn. I don't see them dropping any of their ill gained expenses. I like most other people had to pay to go to work, these MPs claim everything and get it. Just look at the scandal last year, and that was a farce, how many got away with it. The few who where in court basically got away with it, I'll do three months for the amount that they "stole" from the tax payer. We pay tax on our pay / pensions, then we pay tax on everything that we buy, tax on fuel and the tax on the fuel tax. If they stop the 3p a liter (which is around 15p or in proper money, is 3 shillings a gallon) going on the fuel tax in August, that will be something, but I won't hold my breath. What a rip off. Bring back Guy Fawkes.

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[ posted by Lynne`, 09.05.12 13:55 ]

As over 95% my car usage is for work i feel the proposal is totally unfair.
The bus isn't an option either not only would that cost over £10 per day but it would also make a 20 minute car journey about 3 hours.
I'm sure there are people who do a lot more mileage than me that wonder why they go to work at all.
A couple of years ago my husbands car cost appros £65 to fill,now its closer to £80. Mine was just under £50.00 now it's closer to £63.00.
I just feel motorists are an easy target.

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[ posted by seagull, 09.05.12 14:22 ]

LESS TALK MORE ACTION,this joke of a government are ROBBING US BLIND and we are just rolling over and taking it. lets stand up and take ACTION against these ROBBING MUPPETS.i work for my living not to pay for they,r living

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[ posted by tom sentance, 09.05.12 14:55 ]

I have just had a visit to Tenerife.I paid 999cents per litre for deisel.This tiny island imports its fuel so my Local mp Mr Stewart Jackson gives me the speil we are the cheapest pre fuel tax in the word.Wake up highway robbery government we are not stupid.why the government doesent realise what we are saying as they claim there fuel on expences.ITS THE PUMP PRICE we are trying to get through

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[ posted by P Maher, 09.05.12 15:08 ]

I am beginning to agree that more ACTIVE action is called for.
Living in the far S.W. everything we buy, use or export up country uses fuel, the costs of which are loaded onto the residents. I thought the Conservatives were the party of the countryside, but it seems to be the country of the magazine "country Living" they imagine, not the dreary wet days/weeks during which they expect us to wait for non existent "public transport".
Could we have a London march of the sort we had in the 90s for the countryside/hunting please??? Count me in. PM

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[ posted by Sue Wilson, 09.05.12 15:09 ]

I have always been a Concervative voter ever since I was entitled to vote, that acumalates to more than 40 years. I have already made a voting decision ready for the next local and general elections,also future ones, that will be NOT TO VOTE CONCERVATIVE as this Government is robbing us blind. There are many people who have lived sensible according to their means unfortunately we are all having to suffer because of those that didn't. I intend to stand up and take action at every turn. I wonder if Clegg and Cameron have to make a decision whether to buy food and warmth, of Fuel for their car. Living in a village my car is essential. DOWN WITH CONSERVATIVES

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[ posted by pilot, 09.05.12 15:19 ]

I could not agree more with you Seagull a general strike would hit this out of touch government so hard they may see that the general public have had enough. I am a pensioner worked all my life and now they are frequently trying to find ways of making me pay more tax I think those people who worked all there life should not pay any tax on there pensions we paid enough over the years now this muppet show of a government want more off us. A general strike by all, so take note Union officials get something sorted and quick before we all starve to death.

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[ posted by Brian, 09.05.12 15:38 ]

I am a self employed 64 yr old man who for the last ten years seen my income fall every time there is an increase in fuel duty and vat I can no longer give free estimates to people due to the high cost in traveling, this as led to me having no work at all for the last 6 months roll on when Im 65 at least I will be geting some form of income via my state pension. how the other half lives eh? I for one will never vote Tory again, this government befor it was elected gave cast iron guarantes and various other promises to get into power only to betray us all by going back on their word, Cameron is a turncoat who does not act like a true conservative

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[ posted by Andy, 09.05.12 15:58 ]

Ron from Glasgow, you are spot on. I had the local tory MP on my doorstep the other week asking who I'd be voting for? She seemed amazed when I told her that the fuel prices were a major factor in my answer and safe to say it would not be her. I was given a load of waffle about how much worse off we would have been with labour etc etc. I am totally sick of getting ripped off with most things to be honest, but the fuel costs are way too high. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually filled my car up, as I couldn't dare to think how much it would cost.

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[ posted by GRAHAM, 09.05.12 16:04 ]

My wife has worked 2 days a week for 20 years at our local hospital, she has just made the decision to finish work owing to the huge cost of fuel making it impractical to make the journey. We thought the Tory plan was to encorage people back to work not make it near imposible to go.

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[ posted by Jim King, 09.05.12 16:11 ]

I see a lot of comments above referring to how people will never vote for the blue party again. This is Ok and I must say, I am also a fully signed up member of the "I will break the habit of a lifetime and won't vote blue again club"

Just really to state that it was the red party who done the exact same thing for 13 years prior. The Yellow party would love nothing more than to raise fuel duty further, hug some trees, and reform the house of lords (because, much like an AV referendum this is what people want).

Well I for one say sod the lot of them. Red/Blue/Yellow they are all the same. If you want real change then vote for a minor party or for an independent. I personally will be breaking my conservative habit, and voting UKIP next time (the only party to state they will lower fuel duty, and introduce a true fuel stabilizer. They also told how they will pay for it (clue is in the name really).

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[ posted by Clare, 09.05.12 16:23 ]

Fuel is essential and affects everyone whether they drive or not as it affects public transport costs and food costs. Every area of life/business is affected. The effect on haulage and transportation companies is catastrophic, and on the people who have to travel for work. I would rather see massive duty and tax increases on alcohol than on fuel, I like a drink with the best of them but it is non-essential and easier to do without!

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[ posted by phillip, 09.05.12 16:37 ]

its about time people think when it goes up the food prices go up as well.
its just another tax for the poor the rich can afoard to pay the high prices
but we cannot.
they want every one to work but who can pay these prices to go to work .
they cannot have it both ways .
if we have now money then stop giveing it away and bring are lads back home look how mutch money we would have then .
and they always hit us when its holiday time every year.
i wonder if cameron & clegg is shareing the wages or are they getting paid the same
for all this.
what would they do if we all went back to horese would thry tax them ???????????

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[ posted by Derek, 09.05.12 17:24 ]

This government will never listen to electorate as our views and feelings don't count in their plans. They don't have to fill up their tanks, though I doubt if they know how much a litre costs or how much it is to fill the family car. Cameron has already admitted he hasn't driven a car for over two years. All the cabinet don't need to as they are all picked up at their homes and driven every where. Who pays for that? I bet we do!! Also the cost of fuel affects badly on food prices every where. Again they don't care as I doubt if they know how much things cost. I Can't see them going down to the local supermarket.
I worked hard to enjoy my retirement but that has been spoiled as we can't use the car to go places we were looking forward visiting. I have had to reduce my mileage considerably. So unfair. I voted Tory last time. What a mistake and I regret it. Never again. I wouldn't go to the end of the street to p..s on any of the cabinet if they were on fire. I have to live with that regret now till the next election.
In the Queen's speech today, Cameron is going to make it easier for companies to sack workers. Do we have the same rights to sack this government!!!
Any more fuel increases and I am afraid my car goes.

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[ posted by Chris, 09.05.12 18:05 ]

Taxation, is our way of getting the money to pay for government provided services. This government seem to be taxing people out of work and are creating a deeper recession. You cannot spend what you have not got, no spending no tax. No employment more in benefits! We need a new economic way forwards, this is not the way, competition and supply and demand does not always work!

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[ posted by Pamela, 09.05.12 18:26 ]

I agree with the chap who said global warming was just an excuse to up prices of fuel. This also includes Gas and Electricity. My son pays approximately £90 in fuel per week just to get to his place of work. The Government say use public transport. For my son to get to his work by public transport, he would have to use bus, train and bus there and back. That would be even more expensive and inconvenient. I sometimes wonder if this Government are out to destroy the UK. Since they came into power there has been nothing but doom and gloom!!

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[ posted by Mr Dave Goff, 09.05.12 18:37 ]

I am disabled and cannot walk far and rely on my car for the shortest of trips. I don't have a car on mobility after the government made cut backs to people claiming disability and took my car off me. With all the money grabbers in this country fleecing drivers I can only visit my family once a month. What politician understands that if prices for fuel was lower they would actually make more money in taxes, surely they all can't be that stupid. They should travel the same as us common working folk and actually pay there own expenses, fuel would soon be £1 a litre. There again you have more chance of finding a poor politician

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[ posted by Fay Tuncay, 09.05.12 18:39 ]

The fairfuel UK campaign will fail, because if you want to change the policy you will have to first scrap the Climate Change Act and the EU's Renewables Directive. The climate legislation and the move to a "low-carbon" economy is forcing the government to increase fuel duty and our energy bills. Demand repeal of the Climate Change Act -write to your MP. Support Repeal the Act!Campaign to Repeal the Climate Change Act

Remember the climate is always changing.

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[ posted by derek haskell, 09.05.12 19:04 ]

first thing that they did wrong was to increase the cost of gas-oil for farmers and boats both provide us with food also making diesel dearer than petrol after the con of gordon brown buy a diesel car and you will benefit ha ha so we all bought a diesel ,then came co2 from the exhaust up went the road tax now this crowd are caning us again and again . I am sorry to say that i voted them in, a national strike would be good but who would support it ? . I am a pensioner paying lots of tax on my pension but if fuel goes up any more the car wont be getting used very much so tell me who will be losing I still have my bus pass thank god

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[ posted by Brian, 09.05.12 19:16 ]

O.K everyone lets all buy a fair fuel tax sticker for our vehicles, only £3.00. money well spent I say, I have one on my car already, all drive down to London and show this excuse for a government just what we think of them and their unfair taxes on the motorist.
Come on Quentin get it organised you have masses of suport.

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[ posted by murray, 09.05.12 19:36 ]

high fuel prices-easy don't vote these people back to govern

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[ posted by Alan Carpenter, 09.05.12 20:18 ]

Never a truer saying than the lunatics are running the asylum, where is the sense in increasing taxes on fuel,the fuel pump has no way of knowing who can afford to pay and who cannot.The more well off must be rubbing their hands at the thought,what better way to clear the congested roads,simple really just price us off.The really interesting point to my rant is once this has been achieved where will the money come from then to prop up the economy. "HELP" .

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[ posted by tommy berry, 09.05.12 21:33 ]

i run my own haulage business. just received my fuel bill for 940 litres of fuel for the week which has cost me £1038.40 for three fill ups . if this carry's on going up i will be forced to pack it all in , i have been self employed for over 20yrs

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[ posted by Jim King, 09.05.12 22:08 ]

whilst i do agree Brian, that to buy a sticker is not exactly money wasted. Lets look at your proposal:

So first drive down to London: well its a long way from Cumbria, so that will cost a fortune in fuel duty
Then go to parade my sticker: And pay the congestion charge for doing so
Then I guess stay in a hotel: pay daft london rates for doing so VAT
Then drive home: pay another fuel duty fortune VAT

Tell me, who is laughing Brian? It sure as hell would not be me, perhaps those folks inside the House of Commons would be, after all, I just gave them a fortune.

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[ posted by Housebound, 09.05.12 22:39 ]

All governments are not interested in the public, except at the run up to an election then they make promises which they do not keep. This government, propping up the waste of space liberal democrats is worse than most.

There is no need for such high taxes on fuel , it is a con because they know most people have to drive. Where I live we have no bus service, no train service,no shops, no doctors, no pub, nothing but a church. WE HAVE TO USE MOTOR CARS as everything is at least five miles away up and down steep hills.

This global warming scam is a means of frightening the gullible so that they can tax us even further. Who benefits , foreign owned companies and foreign countries. Do you know everybody is forced to pay about 12% on top of their electricity bills( plus vat) to pay for wind turbines which can cause ill health to many but bring riches beyond belief to landowners ( including the prime ministers father in law). A wind turbine is about 21% efficient. Would anybody be happy to buy a car advertised as doing 50mpg to find it only did about 10 mpg or would any body accept that when they went to the supermarket and paid for 100 potatoes they only got 21. Of course they would not so why do we accept these inflated electicity and fuel prices? Did you know last year thousands of old people died of hypothermia because they could not afford to eat and heat? Yes this is Britain in 2011.

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[ posted by Alex, 10.05.12 00:33 ]

How can you expect despicable Millionaires like Cameron, Clegg and Osborne to know how hard the normal peasant finds it to exist in this vile cesspit of a country. No government can survive by taxing it's way out of a recession. They never have to worry about where the cost of an annual holiday for the family will come from. The people will have their revenge come the election. Thatcher's policies wiped out the Tories in Scotland and they've never got back in there, same will happen south of the border.
Motorists are cash cows to be milked when they like, so Tory/LibDem Toffs do so at your peril!! we will have our revenge at the polls.

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[ posted by Ian Davenport, 10.05.12 09:53 ]

What do we all expect from a Government with a Political system thats out dated and MP's more interseted in making a name for themselves and filling their deep DEEP pockets(have you ever seen a poor MP? - or even one that struggles financially).
The MP's should be there to server their Constituents, community, constituency, county, country and world. The whole system needs changing and dispand parties and we should vote people into power who we believe will server us and our communities and if they fail to do so we should be able to have them replced with a vote of No Confidence. By doing this they might do their jobs correctly.

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[ posted by Steve Renton, 10.05.12 12:33 ]

Simple! High fuel price = higher transport costs = higher prices in supermarket and retailers = More tax for government! Downside- Retailers going into liquidation, small business going bust = more people on benefits, no jobs, costs the taxpayers billions. Conclusion! Mp,s are just a bunch of idiots and we all know you cant teach them new tricks. Join up with the tanker drivers and do something about it!

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[ posted by Robert Rickman, 10.05.12 13:38 ]

Great Britain NOT ANY MORE JUST BRITAIN...Its beyond me these are supposed to be intelligent people in our goverment their greed for tax income will eventually break us all including the goverment theirselves. Our big companies are slowly being sold off to other countries and the fuel problem is the biggest mistake of all, really its all been said above when will someone wake up.

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[ posted by Andrew, 10.05.12 15:46 ]

This country has had it, the stinking government looking after their own once they got their nose in the trough they all come out millionaire they're all in it
your pockets this country hasn't been governed for over 30 years now were paying the price of greed who do we have the blame for this the people that put them in, if you vote yellow blue and red what can you expect a work in packs of Wolfs you need independent people to run this country honestly who don't have a vested interest, to get this country on its feet you need a revolution it won't be in my lifetime, stop blaming the unemployed the sick and disabled and those who are unfortunate that is what our government keep blaming our society interested government that creates unemployment with their policies to bring down wages and make and deployment cheaper to employee those bottom of the ladder.

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[ posted by melvyn cross, 10.05.12 16:23 ]

totally agree its grippling the country

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[ posted by jonathan, 10.05.12 20:47 ]

it costs about £120 to fill my car up which lasts about a week, thats 40% of my monthly wage! they say you should use public transport, thats easier said then done when you work shifts and start at 5.30am in a morning! this government needs a kick up the backside to get them to see just how bad things are for the people who put them there. cut the price of fuel or see this country end up like Greece!

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[ posted by Richard ford, 10.05.12 21:40 ]

Dear sir I feel that recent fuel crisis was the fault of the government if they had any decency they should pay back the motorist every bit of tax they collected during the crisis with interest your sincerLy
R ford

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[ posted by Colin Shepherd, 10.05.12 22:19 ]

Do they realise how much the price of fuel affects voluntary drivers?
I am a vountary driver for Age Concern & I live on pension credit & if the fuel prices keep on rising, I will have to seriously consider stop doing the voluntary driving, which would be a great shame as a number of elderly people rely on myself & others to tranport them.
There are other drivers already who have stopped giving their help due to the increased costs & it is very difficult to get other people to give up their time to volunteer & apparently the government want more volunteers to help keep some of the services running that they are helping to close down by reducing the grants to various organisations & councils.

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[ posted by sgangpompey, 11.05.12 12:21 ]

This countries polititians, no matter to which party they belong, are so out of touch with the people of this country, but do they care - NO! They earn each year what the average worker in this country would earn in 3 years, and on top of their pay they claim extortonate amounts in daily expenses. Why should we the taxpayer subsidise them from the public purse? This Government or Coalition has stripped crucial funds from the Pensioners and the low paid, but rewarded the wealth with tax cuts. Their take on ever increasing hikes in fuel duty do more harm than good to the economy - anybody other than the polititians can see that -ever increasing costs in products and services which are passed on to us the consumer and rightly so otherwise our local businesses would slowly and surely go bust! To see stability in our economic recovery it is essential that prices are kept as low as possible to encourage people to spend what little they have left after paying the weekly food, energy, transport to work costs etc. and the only way to ensure this is to keep the price of fuel down. For months motorists have had to endure the high cost of fuel even though the cost of crude oil dropped dramatically whilst these increases continued - who's to blame I hear you ask? The Oil Companies, the Processing Plants, the Distributors or the Government who are so up their own backsides that they just keep taxing the masses. Lets see them take a pay cut and have their allowances stopped so that they feel the same PAIN that everyone else is feeling. Come the next General Election I will not vote for any of the main parties but I will vote for the polititian brave enough to see sense and take forward equally the fight for survival with us ALL IN IT TOGETHER!

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[ posted by Michelle, 11.05.12 18:09 ]

I think all this is a great start to making this country great again, however, I also think that unless we make a proper stand we may as well be talking to ourselves. I think every point made here has been spot on, and i know that everyone is frustrated, but when i was a little girl in the early 70's, nobody would have taken all this, they would have stood up to the idiots that are the government! They have passed laws, which the people haven't voted on, which i effect makes it illegal, yet we've just taken it all. The taxes are rediculous, and yet, as some of you have already said, our money is being used to bail out other countries, while we are paying more taxes to make this happen and so the useless government can be paid more and more money, from our pockets. Fuel prices are rediculous, my husband is disabled, he has a muscle wasting disease, which we found out when he was in the Merchant Navy, as with everyone, he paid taxes on his pension when he was working, and pays it again now he's getting it, then all the taxes on fuel. His life has been made a misery, as have a lot of other peoples. We really need to FIGHT and as pp said be ALL IN IT TOGETHER!!!

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[ posted by Roy France, 12.05.12 16:29 ]

This country is simmering on the brink of something drastic happening. This worries me as when civil unrest occurs it is difficult and expensive to stop.
I wonder if the government will wake up if our cities again become a mass of flames or will they run around like headless chickens?
If they did cut fuel duty, (unlikely), the oil and petrol companies would have to be strictly regulated as they would just take up the slack and raise their prices and profits.

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[ posted by Jason Osgood, 13.05.12 12:23 ]

I'm a self employed taxi driver and the rising fuel cost's are stupid, it now cost me about £40 to do a 9 hour shift at night instead of £20 like it did about 18 months ago, my fuel bill a week is about £200, the fuel prices don't need to be so high, like every one else is saying the government should stop giving the money away to other counties to bail them out when they no that there not going to get that money back, there needs to be another road blockage like there was 12 years ago, i'll be with them guys every step of the way

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[ posted by Paul Gaynor, 13.05.12 13:43 ]

The government have just given about £10 billion to bail out failed EEC countries. That could have reduced fuel tax by about 20p/litre. They have approved a rail link costing about £30 billion. You think politicians are stupid?. They have your campaign totally focussed on preventing a still further tax increase, on top of already record prices. The campaign also promissing not to take direct action. The one thing they fear the most. Still think they are stupid?. Remember Cameron boasting about the greenest government ever. He has been boasting abroad about how expensive fuel is here. They would apparently "swoon" at the price. We need to make him "swoon" at the next election results. Its all very temting changing vote, but all major partys are the same. Motorists have no one to vote for.

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[ posted by David Horton, 14.05.12 19:26 ]

This makeshift government needs to wake up and take a look at how the working class exist,they should take note of the recent by-election results if they have any serious ambition's of re-election both locally and nationally.
Learn from the effects of the recent budget/local by election's or prepare to return to the back benches.
Listen to the people and keep fuel taxes down!!!!

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[ posted by ken gray, 14.05.12 19:56 ]

this government needs to listen to the general public everything is being taxed out of all proportion I and my family have voted tory all of our voting lives but not anymore we will vote ukip etc in future elections we thought labour was bad enough but this new tory mob is the pits and they dont seem to be able to do basic maths I and my family have cut down on every thing they have increased the tax vat etc on so they are loosing out on my families input not to mention friends and neighbours wake up mr cameron and your government or you will be out on your heals at the next elections like you have in the local council one

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[ posted by Peter Mayhew, 14.05.12 23:34 ]

I agree with the majority of comments above yet it seems to me that the way to an MP's heart is his Parliamentary seat. We therefore need to let our own particular MP that we are not happy with the cost of fuel and that they need to convince their leaders that the price has to go down below the £1.00 level. Perhaps we could do this by starting a campaign of going to our MP's surgeries 'mob handed' on a specific date or dates to voice our opinion in vast numbers, letting the MP know that we will not vote for them at the next election and that we will try to convince everyone that we know that they should not vote for them iether. Any thoughts on this idea?

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[ posted by Mike Cook, 15.05.12 13:50 ]

For years now, the British people have been 'fleeced' not only by this Government, but by all who have gone before them. Fuel to them is free. all expenses paid. The stone will very soon run out of blood... there will be nothing left. They continually ignore that they will eventually shoot themselves in the foot. The higher the tax burden ther less people will spend... meaning that they will have to raise taxes on something else after people have stopped driving, smoking and drinking. Wheeling out the burden on the NHS doesn't eash. If companies were happy just make a fair profit then al would be fine. They could afford to drop it a pound and still make the taxes they are making now. People would buy more fuel and the revenue from sales would more than cover these so called fuel hikes. The are all a bunch of overpaid toffs, out of touch and i predict that people will one day say enough is enough. If we all just stopped paying the bills they would have to do something about it pretty damn quick. We will end up with the best roads and no cars on them

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[ posted by Julian Alotpoorerthanlastlear, 17.05.12 12:46 ]

I agree with all of the posts I've read but would just like to mention the impact on one of the things that directly makes this country richer, toursim.
Last summer i met several groups of Americans and Aussies that were planning to spend the whole summer, i.e. 3-4 months traveling around "the old country", and had gone as far as buying vehicles here, transits and the like.
However that all changed after they had filled up a couple of times and we're talking last year's prices now.
So groups of people who had planned to spend £4000 EACH over several months were now cutting their stays short to a few weeks and then clearing off to France etc as they just couldn't afford to go anywhere and also couldn't believe that the people of this country weren't planning mass strikes/civil disobedience in protest.
Only when we all realise that mass protest and a refusal to help the rich get richer any more will anything change, people brought up in elitest establishments to believe that they are superior and deserve vast amounts of money for doing anything will never want change anything.
We are divided by greed and selfishness and so we are ruled NOT governed.

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[ posted by Pete, 04.06.12 11:29 ]

I agree with all of the comments on this thread. Despite all of the common sense expressed by us here the Government seem to pay no attention to their voting public.

Like any Government in office their only concern is another term in office. I hope that their approach on fuel duty will reduce the number of votes they receive in the next election. It's the only voice they listen too. So for me, I wont be voting for this Government.

It would be nice for a future Government to list in its manifesto a commitment to reduce fuel duty. That would get my vote.

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