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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Motorists are just soft touches when it comes to fuel

THE price of petrol is a major issue. I am old enough to recall, whilst an apprentice in the motor trade in 1947, petrol being two shillings 1½d per gallon; or about 10 to 11 pence per 25 litres.

Some years ago I did confront my then MP with a request for the Government to display basic full retail prices and tax in both litres and gallons.

The explanation I received was that it would cost them the election.

What all politicians of all parties omit to tell you is that the Government add an oil tax to the fuel price, finally adding VAT to arrive at the retail cost.

This situation has carried on for years.

We can all guess what would happen if normal business added tax to tax; they would finish up in jail.

Mr Motorist has for too many years become a soft touch as a source of easy income for successive governments.

Perchance this requires Tesco in Carlisle and Tesco in West Cumberland to offer similar prices without using a lame tale called population and mileage as examples, then so be it.

GOWAN COULTHARD
The Ghyll
Netherton
Maryport

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