Fuel protesters could bring UK to standstill

Published date: 22 April 2011 |
Published by: Hayley Collins
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TWO Flintshire businessmen are spearheading a mass protest that will bring the UK to a halt.

Fuel protesters Ian Charlesworth, from Hawarden, and Kevin Bowker, from Saltney, have organised a mass go-slow in North Wales that will culminate in a blockade of the Stanlow Oil Refinery in Ellesmere Port on Sunday, May 8.

Simultaneous protests and blockades are expected to be carried out at the same time across Britain as thousands of angry motorists make a stand against the crippling price of fuel.

The protesters are calling for the Government to slash fuel prices by about 24p to bring them in line with European prices

Mr Charlesworth, spokesman for the Stanlow Fuel Protest and Direct Action Group, says they will blockade the oil refinery for “as long as it takes”.

He said: “We have had enough of the Government and the way we are being treated – they are not listening to us.

“We are not going to be ignored any longer, we are prepared to disrupt the fuel supply to this country if needed.

“We will not move from Stanlow until this situation is resolved. The Government is going to have a major headache and this will lead to a fuel crisis in Britain.”

More than 1,000 protesters are expected to meet at Stanlow and the protesters are now calling for the public’s support.

Mr Charlesworth added: “I know for a fact that the general public is sick and tired of the situation, when every day another penny goes on the price of fuel.

“This is your one chance to get out there and make your voices heard. We need people out there with us, even if it’s just blockading the end of your road.”

The North Wales go-slow starts in Llandudno and will join the A55 towards Deeside, head around Chester and then onto the M56 towards Stanlow.

Another convoy will leave Shrewsbury and head along the A5 through Oswestry, Chirk and Wrexham before meeting the other convoy in Chester and heading towards Stanlow.

The protesters, travelling at an average speed of 20mph, will meet other demonstrators from Liverpool, Manchester, Stoke and Birmingham at the oil refinery.

Hauliers, farmers, motorcyclists and taxi firms from across Flintshire, Wrexham and Chester have already pledged their support.

The demonstrators promise the blockade will be bigger than the fuel protests in 2000, which started at Stanlow and spread throughout Britain leading to shortages which lasted for days.

During a visit to Airbus in Broughton yesterday, Chancellor George Osborne blamed the rising oil prices for the cost of fuel.

He said: “We completely understand the price of petrol is a real burden on families and businesses. Everyone can see that the oil price around the world has gone up and that is what has caused it.

“The question is what has the Government done to help in that situation. In my most recent budget a few weeks ago I cut fuel duty. That is our effort to help people and shield them from some of the effects of rising oil prices.”

Mr Charlesworth, who owns a construction company in Deeside, has had to lay off four members of staff and take two vehicles off the road due to the rocketing fuel prices.

He said: “We have agreed it will be a peaceful protest, but we will be there until we get a conclusion.”

The group has been in talks with North Wales and Cheshire Police and have confirmed that the emergency services will be permitted to obtain fuel.

For further details visit the group’s Facebook page or email maverickrochdale@gmail.com.

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  1. Posted by: penyffordd_district at 10:57 on 22 April 2011 Report

    Why are we having to pay all this tax? Because Gordon Brown and Ed Balls have spent all our money for the next 20 years that's way. Would the Tories have done the same is a debatable point.

  2. Posted by: a cahill at 11:49 on 22 April 2011 Report

    It's inthe interest of all to show support for the protest.....if ulitity companies pass on the rise in fuel costs we are being hit by the rise and increased VAT on the gas and electricity....everyone loses out not only car drivers

  3. Posted by: Bodser at 12:12 on 22 April 2011 Report

    Between April 18th 2008 and August 29th 2008 the price of crude oil was higher than it is now - yet petrol was substantially cheaper than at present - why?? Because we are being ripped off. Oil prices fell from $145 a barrel on July 4th 2008 to a low of $36.51 on January 16th 2009 so did we see a massive cut in the price of petrol??? NO WE DID NOT. It is time that the people of this country woke up to the facts, you are being right royally ripped off!!

  4. Posted by: Bodser at 13:12 on 22 April 2011 Report

    If you doubt those prices, just feel free to have a look for yourself. www.nyse.tv/crude-oil-price-history.htm

  5. Posted by: InMyOpinion at 13:30 on 22 April 2011 Report

    Greedy oil companies need to be tought a lesson, they bully motorists by forcing up the price regardless. we need to back this protest 100%, if it fetches the country to a standstill good, may be then they will listen.

  6. Posted by: Hen ddraig at 16:44 on 22 April 2011 Report

    imo:- I think you will find it's the government that's ripping off motorists, the oil companies just collect the tax for them. On a £1. 35 litre of fuel 80.95p goes to the chancellor, 54.55p goes to the producer, refiner, transporter and retailer.

  7. Posted by: mfm103.4 at 18:02 on 22 April 2011 Report

    RIP OF BRITAIN, beginning of the week sainsbury's diesel was 135.9, suddenly yesterday just before the big get away for the long weekend its 137.9!! 2p a litre extra, total utter piss take, Im in full support of this

  8. Posted by: mfm103.4 at 18:08 on 22 April 2011 Report

    if nothing is done prices will keep increasing, where will it end? noone going to work because they cant afford it? people struggling to buy food beacuse the haulier companies have to pass on the rise of fuel to stores. the gov dont care, because we pay for their fuel in the expenses, so detached from reality

  9. Posted by: InMyOpinion at 18:27 on 22 April 2011 Report

    Hen ddraig , hi with respect, the price of crude goes up... and so does the mark up on retail sales, but when the price of crude comes down the retail price stays the same. we know VAT should be lowered but so should the retail price... oil companies are making a killing, I think its time they lowered the price.

  10. Posted by: penyffordd_district at 18:29 on 22 April 2011 Report

    I'm with Hen Ddraig. Next time you're in the ballot box remember the cost of fuel. Vote for neither of the main parties. That leaves the Lib Dems, Oh dear............................................

  11. Posted by: tommy at 21:05 on 22 April 2011 Report

    The government are stashing the cash for the next round of bank bail-outs.Have you noticed how after the last bank bail-out NOTHING has changed apart from one importnat thing...the banks are NOT lending..WHY because they are busy gambling the bail-out money on Mickey -Mouse markets like Forex and Futures,the bankers like the politicians are living a fantasy,and everyone else has to work hard,or live in poverty.

  12. Posted by: Hen ddraig at 22:59 on 22 April 2011 Report

    imo:- Oil prices are not set by the oil companies, its a world market, price is set by supply and demand, Libya has virtually stopped production, China and India have increased demand, the result is an increase in the price of crude oil. North sea oil has just seen an increase in supplementary tax from 20% to 32% and the marginal tax rate on mature fields is now 82%. The pockets you are lining when you buy fuel are the governments not the oil companies.

  13. Posted by: Mart72 at 08:35 on 23 April 2011 Report

    I personally think that high fuel prices are a good thing. It means less traffic on the roads. People making less unnecessary journeys. People actually taking a walk instead of hopping in the car. Cars equal pollution. With fuel running out electric cars seem like the only option. Nuclear power would be required to sustain these and look at what has happened in Japan recently. Bring back the horse and cart!!!

  14. Posted by: johngie at 09:18 on 23 April 2011 Report

    This is not the way to do it. Hit LONDON, not your own backyard. I sympathise with the reason, but we all have our backs to the wall at present and jobs are being shed at an alarming rate. The protestors are lucky to have jobs, especially ones that allow them to take time off for these actions. On their own admission it will do tremendous harm to the country. It will backfire on them too.

  15. Posted by: johngie at 09:19 on 23 April 2011 Report

    This is not the way to do it. Hit LONDON, not your own backyard. I sympathise with the reason, but we all have our backs to the wall at present and jobs are being shed at an alarming rate. The protestors are lucky to have jobs, especially ones that allow them to take time off for these actions. On their own admission it will do tremendous harm to the country. It will backfire on them too.

  16. Posted by: hangmansknotinn at 17:46 on 25 April 2011 Report

    Let's imagine for a minute that the government did cut fuel tax substantially, they'd have to get the money from somewhere else, which would mean taking money away from schools or the NHS. I doubt the latter would go down too well with the electorate.

  17. Posted by: iPost at 12:55 on 26 April 2011 Report

    @ penyffordd_district at 10:57 on 22 April 2011" Would the Tories have done the same is a debatable point" 56p out of the 80p charge is all from the Conservatives. An increase of 2.5p in the £ in January does not make a cut in duty, therefore not at all debatable. The Tories hit you hardest on fuel.

  18. Posted by: mfm103.4 at 19:42 on 26 April 2011 Report

    @hangmansknotinn or we could stop giving millions away to other countries, when our own is in the shite...

  19. Posted by: hangmansknotinn at 00:39 on 27 April 2011 Report

    @ Mfm103.4 I entirely agree; I would stop spending on a lot of other stupid things, too. Though sadly for all of us, I'm not in government :/

  20. Posted by: WhiteTRUCKMan at 12:40 on 05 May 2011 Report

    It is time for Britons to stop moaning, and take direct action instead! In the UK, the majority of the cost in a litre of petrol is still TAX! Blockades at Fuel refinery's are now the only course of action that would work. Such action would force Cameron and Osborne into another u-turn. Recent polls have indicated that the majority of Britons would support such action! Action speaks louder than words!


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