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I had an idea recently (that I forgot to put down until just now with this blog shortly after reading something else) about placing limits on amounts spent on foreign aid….. think it was something along the lines of taking an average figure based on what the USA, Canada, Australia, France & Germany spend… then place a limit on our foreign aid levels not exceeding this average by £250-£500million.

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……


This remains a problem that drives webmasters like myself nuts, plenty (but not quite enough) is done about e-mail spammers… but the general opinion is that Law Enforcement & Web Companies don’t give a flying toss about Forum Spam.

Any passing Politicians / Politicians advisors wishing to investigate this problem might want to have a looks at the StopForumSpam Forums to learn about the extent of the problem.

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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Came up with this while eating dinner, thought I’d whack it up here to get a bit more on the blog + in case it proves useful to anyone passing by:

“Conservative governments tend to look [at problems] before leaping [for the chequebook]. Labour / Socialist governments (as most people have hopefully noticed with the most recent one in the UK), throw lots of other people’s money at problems hoping they go away, and then only look into solving it properly when the problem has become so bad it’s gonna take the biggest miracle since the birth of Christ to put things right”.

Please, Pretty please…………. in future in winter weather, send someone out with a shovel to clear Ice off pavements that go downhill, or have some other form of slope on them.

Nearly every winter I nearly break my neck on the pavement heading down into the village where I live (and I’m sure there’s people elsewhere who suffer similar problems). It got me again today, resulting from the agonising pain (for 10 – 20minutes) of a pulled muscle in my right shoulder.

Tuesday afternoon just gone, the pavements were so bad in places even the flat sections of pavement (such as the one along the wall at the bottom end of the local cemetary) were lethal…. even in a pair of Hi-Tec Eurotrek Hiking boots.

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