Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Its a racket...
Hey look, I spend a lot of time not being political or inflammatory on this blog, but I have to vent a little ....and here's a bit of back story for American readers who understandably, have no idea what happened.
The Union that represents fuel tanker drivers threatened a strike. The law requires 7 days notice of an actual strike. The threat was enough, the GOVERNMENT advised us all to keep our vehicles topped up. They gain 83 million in extra tax through the panic buying and queueing at petrol stations up and down the country. There were scenes that make you realise that it wouldn't take much to chuck us all into the post-apocalypse type world you see on films when resources run out. It was shocking, embarrassing and entirely avoidable.
I really hope that those of you that needed petrol managed to get some. There is still no official word of a strike. They haven't had the meeting yet.
I use an independent retailer when I buy fuel. Or rather, I did. I've lived here for 27 years and rarely bought fuel elsewhere. I like that a local family is in business, and has been through local support, for many years. I'm probably going to work less hard about buying my fuel there from now on. Because they've been profiteering. Diesel and Unleaded have both gone up by 10 pence per litre. That's £1.54 per litre. (There's 4.5 litres to the gallon, and today, there's $2.54 to the pound..so that's over $11 dollars per gallon.) I realise there's a tiny profit margin on fuel...in fact I believe it's less than 2p per litre for the independents. So I understand that they're dependant on business turning over. But it won't will it, if I'm representative of the loyal customer that feels the need to go elsewhere. You will be unsurprised to know that I've expressed my opinion in the garage....politely and quietly...but it was to an employee at the till, because magically, the manager types that I usually see about the place are tucked safely away. Shame on them, huh.