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Taxes drive gas prices to over $7 a gallon in UK, mass boycott coming soon
Autoblog ^ | Apr 21st 2010 | Eric Loveday

Posted on 04/21/2010 11:52:39 AM PDT by george76

Through the power of Facebook, up to a half a million drivers in the UK are expected to boycott gas next month shortly before the nation heads to the polls for a general election in which Prime Minister (PM) Gordon Brown is fighting stiff competition for the win.

Many Brits are upset with recent gas tax increases that were supported and passed by PM Brown. Protesters hope that the mass demonstration will be the nail in the coffin for his chances of winning. Gas prices have soared in Britain, reaching U.S. $1.87 a liter (about $7.06 a gallon) last week. The numbers are a significant increase from a year ago when gas was only $5.55 a gallon.

Further upsetting residents, the government pockets a whopping $4.42 from each gallon sold, yet still insists that more taxes are needed. Another government-mandated tax increase is scheduled for this fall followed by one more next winter and, frankly, many people are fed up.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: brown; gas; gastax; gordonbrown; tax; taxes; uk

1 posted on 04/21/2010 11:52:40 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Coming to a circle k near you soon.


2 posted on 04/21/2010 11:54:20 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (i)
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To: george76

Coming soon to Obama’s socialist America.


3 posted on 04/21/2010 11:54:31 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: george76

Bought gas this morning for $2.68/gallon — I still think it is outrageously expensive considering we have a sea of crude in the Gulf if one drills deep enough.


4 posted on 04/21/2010 11:58:22 AM PDT by 353FMG (What can Islam possibly contribute to America other than its destruction?)
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To: george76

Will the UK finally crack?


5 posted on 04/21/2010 11:58:47 AM PDT by RockinRight (Obama Logic: Global Warming causes blizzards, and deficit spending balances budgets.)
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To: george76

Get on the buses and trains you peasants! How dare you operate independently as a free spirit or do your work with the convenience of an automobile

Squash down the peasants!


6 posted on 04/21/2010 12:00:18 PM PDT by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: george76

Sounds like the Brits need a TEA Party. Oh, wait, they have one http://www.tfa.net/tea/ !!!


7 posted on 04/21/2010 12:01:28 PM PDT by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at www.ammo-finder.com)
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To: piytar

So glad I bought a 4-cyl. car. After mods, it’ll beat my old Plymouth with a v8. And still get 30+ mpg on the highway.

Mods:
K&N Air filter approx. +1mpg
Mobil 1 Synth oil ~+1mpg
Insulated air intake
Low restriction muffler ~+1mpg and sounds wicked cool
High pressure performance tires (50psi)
Manual trans. (10% more efficient/powerful than auto)

And it’s a blast to drive. It can smoke the tires.


8 posted on 04/21/2010 12:11:50 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (FR - my online family. From Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: george76
...only $5.55 a gallon.

What a BARGAIN! That's on top of the 205 GBP (approx $315) annual registration fee, or 'road tax', just for the privelege of having the car on the road.

When Americans were paying over $4/gal, Brits were paying over $10/gal.

Eleven more months.

9 posted on 04/21/2010 12:15:50 PM PDT by AF_Blue ("Are you guys ready? Let's roll!" - Todd Beamer)
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To: george76

Ah, they will shut up and vote Marxist again.


10 posted on 04/21/2010 12:18:14 PM PDT by MBB1984
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To: george76

A boycott will only work against one station at a time. If it’s a general boycott, they know it’ll end about the time someone needs to go visit Aunt Gertie in Herefordshire.


11 posted on 04/21/2010 12:21:40 PM PDT by Dr. Zzyzx
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To: 353FMG

About $3.45 here in LA


12 posted on 04/21/2010 12:22:23 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: 353FMG

FWIW — $4.10/U.S. gallon here in BC (and Canada is far and away the largest exporter of oil to the U.S.).


13 posted on 04/21/2010 12:40:19 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: bicyclerepair
What car?

and

Low restriction muffler ~+1mpg and sounds wicked cool

does not compute on a 4-banger. More like grandma fartin' in a can.

14 posted on 04/21/2010 12:45:40 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (The townhalls were going great until the oPods showed up.)
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To: BunnySlippers

According to local news here(central GA) daily average is right around $2.73. I was thinking LA was an oil-producing state, so why that much higher there than here-is it the taxes?


15 posted on 04/21/2010 6:17:41 PM PDT by snuffy smiff (imagine if the GOP grew a brain-and threw all RINOs OUT! But that would also require a spine *sigh*)
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To: snuffy smiff

Taxes, plain and simple.


16 posted on 04/21/2010 6:21:10 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: MBB1984
Hey there is a new Marxist who calls himself a liberal dem and is telegenic. Let's all vote for him and get the same old leftist crap! It'll be stinky! No wait...
17 posted on 04/21/2010 6:40:49 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: 353FMG
But if you think about, it isnt really all that expensive, considering what is involved. They've got to go out in a ship, drill a hole. Find nothing. Go off and drill another one, suck the stuff out, transport it hundreds of miles, refine it, process it, stick it into containers and transport it to your gas station, pay loads of tax on it, and they are still able to sell it to you at - what - 35cents a pint. Thats a third of the price of milk. A quarter of the price of coca-cola.

Its still tremendous value.

18 posted on 04/22/2010 12:42:54 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: AF_Blue

“Road tax” varies depending on the size of the vehicle. Together with the cost of gas, that’s why Euro cars are smaller and more fuel efficient than US ones.


19 posted on 04/22/2010 12:45:11 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: george76

The UK is an island. So you take a big ship over to Venezuela or Saudi Arabia...you fill it up with $0.50 per gallon gasoline...you sail the ship under a Chinese flag into a UK harbour...and you let Brits drive on-board to gas up for $5 per gallon.

They save $2 per gallon and you make millions.


20 posted on 04/22/2010 12:48:48 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: 353FMG

Try paying $3.23, it’ll make you sick.


21 posted on 04/22/2010 1:23:01 AM PDT by Always Independent
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To: Vanders9
For a 2004 Toyota Tundra Double-Cab 4WD with a 5.7L engine, it's 205GBP.

But it's worth it to be able to look across the top of smaller, more fuel-efficient traffic in front of me, and to easily pass smaller, more fuel-efficient traffic going 60mph on the motorway.

22 posted on 04/22/2010 7:38:17 AM PDT by AF_Blue ("Are you guys ready? Let's roll!" - Todd Beamer)
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