Funny how a day of the Ukraine tension being in the media caused crude to rise by two dollars. Was there any interruption to supply, were there any shortages, did the actual price of oil change for any physical reason? Rhetorical questions these, to which we all know the answers. The reason crude rose was just pure opportunism. The casino mentality of the oil traders thought it would be worth a bet and up goes the price. That means you and I, plus the millions of businesses and families across the UK, will probably pay another 1p on every litre for the next few weeks. And that's only because the oil traders have meddled with the market. Here's another rhetorical question. Is this fair? Should struggling consumers be forced to pay extra because somebody pressed some buttons at a trading desk in Canary Wharf? By any standards in the civilised world this is unforgivably unfair and shouldn't be allowed to continue. Despite the Libor scandal and the recent foreign currency fixing, that recent $2 hike shows that market manipulation in the oil markets continues unchecked. Someone make it stop.