I did warn them. I told the Government that arrogantly ignoring the electorate in the last budget would cost them dear, and it has. Local council elections have shown the peril of appearing out of touch with voters. I remember being slack-jawed in amazement when the Chancellor chose to reduce the 50p tax threshold rather than reduce fuel duty and couldn't believe the thinking behind the decision. And that decision will go down in history as a defining moment in this Government's history. It was a budget that wilfully and shamefully ignored ordinary people. This was the moment they got it all wrong and proved that they're were massively out of touch with hard-working families and businesses.
The lunatic price of fuel in the UK has become a metaphor for the coalition's inability to understand what's important to people. A damning indictment of their ignorance and apathy. The Tories may have leaned on their MPs to keep quiet but Labour didn't do any shouting either. Neither party thought having the second highest fuel duty regime in the world was an important political or social issue. And that's the unkindest cut of all. Those of us who are forced to use the roads (and that's half the population) feel ignored, marginalised and unimportant. And that can't continue.
FairFuel is determined to torpedo the coming 16p rise duty rise a gallon in August and we'll force a vote in the Commons. Join us and make your voice heard. We can't rely on good judgement, social fairness or an awareness or understanding of the damage that rise will do to the economy. We have to shame this government into action. Sad, but true.
Oh and if you want to become popular, consider
what French outsider, Francois Hollande, has promised to do. Freeze French
petrol prices for three months.......
Best wishes Quentin Willson
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