The latest addition is Justine Greening, having today been reported in the Telegraph & Daily Mail to be in support of increasing tax on Petrol & Diesel at a time the bloody things (remember, fuel gets taxed twice – fuel duty + V.A.T) need cutting to encourage growth & stop ripping off tax payers by charging more in tax on petrol & diesel than the actual fuel costs. The members of the public commenting below the 2 articles don’t sound too chuffed with her either. So much for the potential she showed looking into the Car Insurance rip-off not so long ago.
The previous MP to get into my bad books being Claire Perry – the one completely oblivious to products such as Net Nanny, Cyber Patrol, the filtering built into ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite & similar products, and even Internet Browsers such as Internet Exploder & Mozilla Firefox. It’s now even built into the Windows7 Operating System, for christ’s sake. The one who wants ISPs to introduce porn filtering as default on their web access packages, similar to the bloody useless one VODAFONE place on their customers that discriminates against people who can only get a Debit Card, not a Credit Card (that’s needed to prove age to get past the sodding filter) + blocks legitimate websites as well as dodgy ones. She was also the one who told the excellent Douglas Carswell MP to f___ off to UKIP, and previously also had an outburst against “Mr Squeaker” Bercow.
The other day I read an article saying it now costs £100 to fill the fuel tank of an average family car.
That means filling your car now costs:
- £11 more than one of those Amazon Kindle E-Reader gadgets
- Filling your tank 4 times costs the same as an iPhone 3GS cost me to buy outright on Pay as You Go from the Vodafone Online Store last year, or also the same as an iPAD2 16GB WiFi.
- Filling it 5 times costs about the same as a near top of the range Panasonic Camcorder + decent sized SDHC card to record the pictures & video’s on.
More articles on UK fuel tax from elsewhere……
The UK may have been free from the tyranny of Gormless Gordon for several months now, but his legacy of bloody crazy fuel prices (largely down to his extortionate taxes, remember) lives on.
The latest figure I have of £1.30 a litre apparently works out at:
£0.50 for the liquid that goes inside your car’s fuel tank
£0.80 in taxes on the fuel to the beancounters in the Treasury.
The taxes (both of them) being “Fuel Duty“, and then “V.A.T” on top of that – double taxing in other words (isn’t that supposed to be illegal? I’m sure I’ve heard several people mention it is).
Back in the summer when Osborne & Cleggy were running online consultations asking us normal folks for ideas, I threw this suggestion of a fairer way to tax fuel into the ring……….
1) Abolish fuel duty on the fuel
2) Abolish V.A.T on the fuel & the fuel duty tax
3) Replace the 2 with a more transparent single tax, and call it “Fuel Sales Tax” (or F.S.T for short) – basically the same idea as V.A.T but with a different name & set at a rate specially for fuel – say 25 to 65% – depending on what the beancounters working out the figures deem necessary.
For starters whenever people complain on forums & blogs about the price of fuel they claim anything from 60 – 80% of the price of fuel is the tax on the damn stuff, and my idea would at least provide a definitive answer.
Other recent articles elsewhere on fuel prices:
Small businesses call for George Osborne to honour pledge on fair fuel prices (ConHome)
Understanding the price stabilising fuel duty (ConHome)
£1.30 a litre – more than 80p for the government (John Redwood)
Greedy Left-wing Union morons plan fuel strikes (Daily Mail)
Petrol stations beef-up security in fear higher fuel prices mean higher numbers of fuel thefts (Daily Mail)
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