Fuelling the flames of the oil protests

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St James Court


I AM aware the price of oil has increased dramatically in recent times, however, so has the duty.

In September 2000 when the then Labour Government increased the duty on fuel, the farmers, quickly followed by the road hauliers, picketed the oil refineries demanding a reduction in the tax; almost resulting in a complete stopping of all transport.

In his election manifesto for 2010 the then leader of the Opposition, David Cameron, promised that he would institute a fair fuel stabiliser.

As this was never implemented and fuel duty continues to rise can we now expect similar protests, or were the original protests politically motivated.

Dennis Sullivan