Now I'm only a simple soul so could someone please enlighten me as to how inconveniencing thousands of homeward bound holidaymakers, facing a long journey home and then getting the kids ready for a return to school, and themselves for a return to work, is going to influence the Government, or anyone else in Whitehall?
Why didn't they stage their protest in Parliament Square? (and don't tell me about the lorries in London last week, they never went near anywhere remotely connected with the seat of government.)
Unfortunately, it's ever the same. When has any kind of industrial action in this country done anything else except inconvenience the general public, except for, perhaps the miners strike which did need government intervention. Fruit Bat /\0/\ is right, it requires the powers that be to be put to severe inconvenience but that will never happen because the long arm of the law will step in.
I suppose that if you feel very strongly about something affecting your means to earn a living you are unlikely to put the feelings of others first, and if a few thousand motorists have to queue for ages behind you, so be it - it's what gets your protest onto the evening news.
From what the organisers are saying it sounds as if their action was largely supported by the inconvenienced motorists anyway, although I'm not so sure that today's effort will have sent a "short, sharp message" to the government.
No point in sending messages to people that refuse to listen, I would have thought the recent by-election results would have given the hint but there seems to be a persistence with the "global trends" argument.
The government seem to constantly tell us that these prices are high to save the world/environment. It might just be me but, I don't think the drivers of this country paying higher prices are going to save the world.
Why are they so special? They have had 'years of plenty' with the economy being good, so why should the rest of us bail them out when times are not? Both these industries have the ability to pass on their increased costs - and they will. The usual garbage uttered is to say "Oh we can't charge our customers any more". If you offer to do a job you quote a rate and the customer HAS to pay it (presumably all other hauliers will be putting up their prices as well?). Any ordinary motorist could say similar, "I cannot afford to go to work" etc. - but will their employer give them more to pay their petrol costs? Dream on! The difference is the hauliers have their customers over a barrel, where else can they go to get goods shifted? So I still don't see why THEY are the only one's needing 25p off a litre.