Sunday, 27 January 2008

Rising petrol prices - yes, you can protest

MOTORISTS in West Somerset are being urged to join a nationwide fuel protest designed to drive down the price of a litre of petrol.
An email has been circulating which argues that all drivers need to do is boycott the largest petrol company stations - Esso and BP - for the rest of the year.
The author urges people instead to buy their petrol from Tesco, Sainsburys, Shell, Jet, and other companies.
The thinking behind it is that a one-day boycott as happened last spring has little effect, and only a few people could manage without fuel at all for any length of time, therefore the petrol companies just have to wait it out.
However, by boycotting the largest two companies, these would eventually have to lower their prices - and the others would then follow suit.
The emailer asks for everybody who receives the message to forward it to at least 10 other people, so the idea will quickly spread among millions of people, and ‘together we can make a difference’.
His aim is to hold out until people see prices drop back below 70p per litre.

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