Interestingly the photo accompanying this story is from 1978. The 1978 fuel shortage had nothing whatsoever to do with international problems but was caused by greedy suppliers holding back supplies because of the then Labour governments price restraints. I remember that as soon as Thatcher came to power and these pricing restrictions we abolished the country was suddenly awash with fuel.
At least theres been no mention of petrol coupon ration books as we had in 1950 and 1956,during the Suez crisis I had to buy black market petrol coupons to top up my legal coupon allowance so I had enough petrol for both work and social use.
Well I think my pocket is shortly going to get a fright. I'm having to fill my petrol tank for the first time since November 2009. I kid you not. Mind you if I remember correctly I think it was also pretty expensive the last time I had to buy some.
"...no mention of petrol coupon ration books as we had in 1950 and 1956..." They were of coarse issued in the early '70s, but never used. This was just before I started driving and resulted in a gallon of petrol rising to a shocking 54p a gallon for me with my frugal 56mpg Hillman Imp.
Put into perspective that was just over 2 hours wages for a 17 year old.