'We were responsible for one of the few pieces of good news in the Chancellor's budget announcements this week. We told everybody it was coming, called it totally insane and the Treasury were forced into a corner and had to back down. But if we hadn't kicked up such a stink, that crazy 3p hike in duty on every litre would have gone through in January completely unchallenged. This has been a significant victory for lots of reasons. Since FairFuel started shouting back in March we've saved this country 9p in proposed fuel duty hikes, brought the subject of fuel taxes into the mainstream and made the Chancellor and the government talk about drivers in a different way. Instead of patronising 'motorists' as an elite minority, George Osborne spoke of Mums on the school run and acknowledged that for many, cars were an essential necessity. That's a big change in tone for a government who doesn't understand cars, fuel prices, trucks or the road economy.
This campaign is now one of the most successful public protest movements in the country and we've become the unofficial guardians of fuel duty sanity. The gatekeepers of common sense. And we also proved that intelligent, well-argued and passionate protest works. As supporters, you lot have done a miraculous job backing us all the way with over 215,000 signatures and thousands of emails to MPs. For that the nation's hard-pressed families and millions of businesses owe you a thumping debt of gratitude. Without your support diesel would now be over £1.50 a litre and we'd be close to the £7.00 gallon. We've also galvanised cross-party support from politicians for fuel duty reduction and made the government painfully aware that this is a subject they need to tip-toe round very carefully indeed. The old days of getting out the broom stick and Vaseline and expecting drivers to meekly bend over yet again are, mercifully, gone.
FairFuelUK will continue to give the government reasons to think carefully about any more fuel price rises and we'll carry on arguing for a reduction in duty. This is a long fight but Round One is definitely down to us. Well done everybody.