With petrol (gasoline) prices in the UK now reaching GBP 1.07 per litre ($7.48 per US gallon), there's talk of protesting at the fact almost all of this price is actually tax.

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Do you agree with fuel protests in the UK?
With petrol (gasoline) prices in the UK now reaching GBP 1.07 per litre ($7.48 per US gallon), there`s talk of protesting at the fact almost all of this price is actually tax.

Do you agree with these protests, despite the government`s claim that this is OK?


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16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 9/21/05 - 3:20:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ha, Ha, Ha! I'm the first to answer this! Finally.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 9/21/05 - 4:14:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I totally agree with anyone's right to protest.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 9/21/05 - 4:17:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes; they definately have a right to protest it. And to think Americans complain about gas prices...
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 9/21/05 - 4:22:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, god yes.

the government are so greedy about this, they blame world fuel prices, yet most of the money that we pay for fuel goes to them in the form of a huge duty. they're just afraid of losing precious pennies.

16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 9/21/05 - 5:53:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 9/21/2005 3:20:52 PM sexy_ashley wrote:
Ha, Ha, Ha! I'm the first to answer this! Finally.

And your answer is...

I say yes. At more than $7 for fuel, who wouldn't?

16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 9/21/05 - 6:09:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
even if it wasnt government taxes causing the price to be that high at $7 a gallon the government should start subsidizing (basically the opposite of tax) gas purchases
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 9/21/05 - 6:10:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, the gas prices are soo expensive! and were complaining it was $4...
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 9/21/05 - 6:24:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. People can start walking for once, or if they want to drive, they can stop buying big, stupid 4x4s.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 9/21/05 - 6:27:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
My article has my views on this.

Subsidies are unworkable.

16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 9/21/05 - 9:04:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
$7, I'd protest too if I had to pay that much.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 4:50:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
Just 1.07 ??? I mostly do not agree, it was way higher here.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 5:01:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 9/22/2005 4:50:58 AM halifax_girl wrote:
Just 1.07 ??? I mostly do not agree, it was way higher here.

That's 1.07 British pounds, which is 2.25 Canadian dollars, and this is per litre, not per gallon. I doubt petrol is more expensive there.

16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 5:05:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 9/21/2005 3:20:52 PM sexy_ashley wrote:
Ha, Ha, Ha! I'm the first to answer this! Finally.

No you're not, you've not given an answer.

16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 5:06:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, 2.25$...I do agree then. It's about 1.40$ here. Protest!
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 5:07:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
And we have litres here too.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 4:11:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
:-o It's THAT high??? I didn't know that, and I live in the UK, lol
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 4:14:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I didn't know it was that high until recently either, but I don't drive.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 4:16:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 9/21/2005 6:27:20 PM 314159 wrote:
My article has my views on this. Subsidies are unworkable.

Subsidies, maybe, but we're a very long way from anybody trying to get those! All most of us are asking is a slight reduction in Grasping Gordon's present obscene profit margins, nothing more.

16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 5:04:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'll admit, I don't know much about European economics, but doesn't the government pay for a huge amount of stuff there, like healthcare and unemployment? Europeans, if you had lower gas prices, but had to pay for your own healthcare, would you have less or more money to spend? I don't know, maybe I'm comparing apples and oranges, like I said, I don't know much about it.

I guess what I'm asking is, is it worth it to pay these higher taxes as long as you're getting so much stuff for free?

16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 5:09:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
I absolutely agree. I wish people would protest more like they did in the '60's. That's deffinitly a reson to protest.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 9:52:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 9/22/2005 5:04:41 PM stereohi wrote:
I'll admit, I don't know much about European economics, but doesn't the government pay for a huge amount of stuff there, like healthcare and unemployment? Europeans, if you had lower gas prices, but had to pay for your own healthcare, would you have less or more money to spend? I don't know, maybe I'm comparing apples and oranges, like I said, I don't know much about it. I guess what I'm asking is, is it worth it to pay these higher taxes as long as you're getting so much stuff for free?

We pay much higher taxes that people in America for just about everything, and most of what we pay we never see again.

16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 9:57:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
those gas prices are just too high
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 10:48:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, thats drating outrageous.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 9/23/05 - 12:48:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
If it's actually true that "almost all" of the price is taxes, then yes, you fully should be protesting. If, however, less than $1 or 2 per gallon (at $7 total price) is tax, you still have the RIGHT to protest, but no real grounds other than you don't like the free market system. You don't live in a Fascist country; it's not the government's place to set prices on commodities.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 9/23/05 - 3:01:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
What is there to disagree on about these protests?

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