Petrol price protests planned

#1
Not sure how gen this is......

UPDATE: This morning (10/12/07) Transaction 2007 announced a firm date for the protest. Protests will start Saturday 15th December 2007 at 10:00am. They say the date was decided by members as "the best possible to enable those who would normally be working during the week to attend." According to a press release on the site, they plan to protest outside refineries or storage depots across the country


http://www.petrolprices.com/blog/petrol-price-protests-planned-for-this-wednesday-86.html
 
#2
'Twas on the 12pm news on R4 too...

Just as long as no fecker clogs up the motorways with those go-slow protests (I got caught in one coming back from a 6 month op tour in NI).
 

Biped

LE
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#4
'Tis not the oil refineries that should be blockaded, but Parliament.
 
#6
I still can't figure out why the price of fuel is going up when the value of the USdollar is going down.

If oil was $100 a barrel all year it would cost 3 pounds LESS to buy it now than at the beginning of this year.

Still haven't had a reasonable answer to that one.
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

LE
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#9
Convert to LPG. The most I'm paying is 49.9p per litre. Cheapest at the moment is 46.9.

If your car is less than three years old the government will subsidise the cost of conversion. My car's older, but the conversion has paid for itself three times over in the 18 months I've had the car.
 
#10
Strikes me the effort would be better spent protesting why the government haven't invested enough in alternatives to oil-based fuels. It's only going to get scarcer and whining about how a rare commodity is expensive is pretty feeble, especially in a market economy.
 
#11
TopBadger said:
Biped said:
'Tis not the oil refineries that should be blockaded, but Parliament.
Seconded... should we douse the place with oil and set it alight, just to make our point of course?

TB
What? And put more money into their coffers? Can't we use some of the more recent statute books as fuel instead?
 
#13
JoseyWales said:
When this lot came into power a LITRE of petrol was 51p - FFS, look at it now.
To be fair, that was 10 years ago. My old man drives a nissan sunny (affectionately refered to as the taliban taxi") it runs on a capful a week. Bastard.
 
#14
Grownup_Rafbrat said:
Convert to LPG. The most I'm paying is 49.9p per litre. Cheapest at the moment is 46.9.

If your car is less than three years old the government will subsidise the cost of conversion. My car's older, but the conversion has paid for itself three times over in the 18 months I've had the car.
You must do a hell of a lot of mileage in your car.

I was considering doing this with mine but at 70KM per day commute it would take about 4 years to recoup the costs and the car won't last that long.

Either you drive a lot or you drive something with a shite MPG.
 
#15
..slightly over the top wording in the website ?

http://transaction-2007.com/

"Fuel refinery blockades are a tactic of the past due to the implemented Police Reform Act, brought in shortly after 2000 to quell any future uprisings. It just goes to show the mentality of the Government. Surely we are living not in the democratic country we all love, but are living under the control of dictators. Saddam Hussein was ousted for such behaviour! "


....think Saddan did a little bit more than stop farmers and lorry drivers moaning.........Halabja springs to mind.
 
#16
I fully intend to use two tanks of Petrol in the next 48 hours. However, i doubt if i'll be able to get two tanks, as no doubt there will be a massive spate of panic buying.

Buncefield is still out of action as far as i know, and Coryton isn't running at full whack. If everyone rushes the stations in the next few days, there will be huge shortages by the weekend. If it continues, no-one is going home for Christmas, no matter what the song says.
 
#17
arby said:
JoseyWales said:
When this lot came into power a LITRE of petrol was 51p - FFS, look at it now.
To be fair, that was 10 years ago. My old man drives a nissan sunny (affectionately refered to as the taliban taxi") it runs on a capful a week. fatherless.
And if the rate of inflation is held a 2% then it should have only risen approx 10-20p at most!
 
#18
Steven said:
Grownup_Rafbrat said:
Convert to LPG. The most I'm paying is 49.9p per litre. Cheapest at the moment is 46.9.

If your car is less than three years old the government will subsidise the cost of conversion. My car's older, but the conversion has paid for itself three times over in the 18 months I've had the car.
You must do a hell of a lot of mileage in your car.

I was considering doing this with mine but at 70KM per day commute it would take about 4 years to recoup the costs and the car won't last that long.

Either you drive a lot or you drive something with a shite MPG.
I do around 21,000 miles per year, most of it on motorways, at around 28-30 mpg. Could be that the cost of your conversion was rather higher than mine - different costs for different engines. Mine was £1700 this time, and £1300 for my previous car seven years ago (which I sold above book value because of the gas conversion).

I suggest you re do the sums in the light of new prices!
 
#19
JoseyWales said:
When this lot came into power a LITRE of petrol was 51p - FFS, look at it now.
when this lot came to power 3million were on the dole and interest rates where running at 10-11% and the price of a barrel of oil was $50 or there abouts, the world economy has doubled and the cost of oil is driven by demand in the far east.
as far as I'm aware the dollar/sterling rate has only a minor effect on the oil price as the oil price has a global adjustment to stabilise it against currency fluctuations, that said the majority of the price of petrol/gasoline is tax and the commertial margin on gasoline is minor, in fact earlier this year our plant that produces gasoline was stocked out as there was no refinery capacity to take it to convert into transport fuel.
So blaming and protesting about the oil companies, whose main buisness is in producing various gases to make into commodity products such as plastics, foams and synthetics for the motor industry, is futile gasoline is a minor part of thier buisness as a whole and not on the whole very profitable.
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#20
TheHatsRevenge said:
JoseyWales said:
When this lot came into power a LITRE of petrol was 51p - FFS, look at it now.
when this lot came to power 3million were on the dole and interest rates where running at 10-11% and the price of a barrel of oil was $50 or there abouts, the world economy has doubled and the cost of oil is driven by demand in the far east.
as far as I'm aware the dollar/sterling rate has only a minor effect on the oil price as the oil price has a global adjustment to stabilise it against currency fluctuations, that said the majority of the price of petrol/gasoline is tax and the commertial margin on gasoline is minor, in fact earlier this year our plant that produces gasoline was stocked out as there was no refinery capacity to take it to convert into transport fuel.
So blaming and protesting about the oil companies, whose main buisness is in producing various gases to make into commodity products such as plastics, foams and synthetics for the motor industry, is futile gasoline is a minor part of thier buisness as a whole and not on the whole very profitable.
aaaaan what does the gobment take in duty per litre of fuel? A damn sight more than the oil companies make per litre. Was it not between 60p and 80p per litre, JUST in fuel duty?
 

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