Fuelling the flames: crazies everywhere
This was the week of the UK fuel tax protests
This piece was excellent, I couldn't have put it better myself. In fact I think I might just go and hang the Union Jack out the window and arrange a street party for tomorrow now. :-)
It looks very much to this Yank like y'all are having yourselves a "Boston Tea Party". Time to let the Blair Gov know that the people really do like their taxes to be determined in a democratic fashion.
Seeing as how the government line now is that the petrol blockades are "illegal", isn't it jolly lucky we've got the shiny new RIP bill to protect us from these dangerous terrorists in future?
In other words; we've taken our masters by surprise once, but I'll bet good money (say, enough to buy a loaf of bread this Sunday) that some of that alleged 1 billion quid for booting the government online gets funneled into finding new and exciting ways to spoof, spam, disconnect and generally stifle this recklessly proletarian form of communication. ;)
Sorry to be pedantic, but the UK doesn't have the world's most expensive fuel. Norway has had that honour for a while now and the link below explains a lot of it:
Of course, if you can't read Norwegian you won't realise that there is actually only one of the political parties that is complaining about it being much too high! Most are happy with 9-10 NKr (not sure of current exchange rates) and SV (Socialist Left Party) are pretty happy with where it is anyway so that they can fund public transport. As well as the usual duties and VAT (moms in Norwegian and currently running at 23%) there is an extra Carbon tax which has been there for about 5 years now and relates to carbon dioxide production (as far as I know it is added to all carbon-based fuels).
As the world's biggest non-OPEC oil exporter (according to the Economist last week) Norway is coining it in at current crude oil prices so you would expect the public to be clamouring for some of the extra revenue to be used to cut duty, but there hasn't been any of the blockading of refineries in Norway like there has been in the UK - I wonder why?