AROnline Memories : London, September 2000

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AROnline Memories : London, September 2000

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"It’s 13 September 2000, and right now something very strange and quite frightening is happening in the UK. Queues are building up at petrol stations, as drivers panic buy from dwindling stocks of fuel. The cause of the shortages and subsequent panic buying is down to fuel protests across the country. The situation has been building for some time. Ever since the Government’s fuel price escalator had been introduced in 1993, in the interests of discouraging frivolous car use, the above-inflation price rises had been hitting motorists hard. Following the election of Tony Blair’s New Labour Government in 1997, this had been raised to a crippling annual rise in petrol duty of 6% above the inflation rate.
This really began to bite in early September when the price of crude oil jumped to more than $35 a barrel, resulting in the price of a litre of fuel passing 80p for the first time. On 7 September, and inspired by the successful protests in France a week earlier, around 100 farmers and lorry drivers blockaded the Stanlow Shell Oil Refinery in Cheshire, led by Farmers for Action Chairman David Handley."
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