The fuel tax debate 0

Vince Cable has dampened hope of motorists across the country by telling them not to expect a cut in fuel tax.

MP’s have demanded that the planned fuel duty increase next January is cancelled. The motion has since been passed without a vote, as MP’s were determined to see the already high fuel duty tax rise even further.

100,000 petitioners managed to get their point across by publicising the matter.

Vince Cable “against”

Vince Cable’s comments will disappoint many who had hoped that the Government would eventually go ahead with the cut. He was quoted to have said “There are a lot of ideas going round at the moment on cutting taxes and increasing spending, and the Government isn’t in the position to do a lot of this. We’ve got a very big budget deficit and the top priority is getting that down.”

“We’ve got to look at this along with a lot of other things. I don’t want to raise people’s expectations because our budget position isn’t where we can make a lot of freebies available.”

Robert Halfron “for”

Robert Halfron was one of the MP’s who were on the side of the motorist. He described how it is pricing many people off the road.

“Fuel duty is the number one issue in Britain. Petrol is now so astronomically expensive that it’s driving people off the road and costing the Treasury money.

“We must put fuel into the tank of the British economy, and cutting fuel tax is the way to do that. Fuel prices are literally adding to our dole queues.”

He then further in depth into the matter, saying the Government needs to represents the rich and poor.

“Fuel duty is not just about economics, it’s an issue of social justice and this is especially true in rural communities which are being destroyed by fuel prices.”

“We must show that tax cutting is a moral creed, we must show this is a Government for the many and not the few, a Government that cuts taxes for millions of British people and not just for millionaires.”

“Adjusted for inflation, motoring fuel has never been this expensive except for twice in history during historic crises of supply.”

“This is being driven by high taxes and we have to be realistic and truthful about who pays the lion’s share of fuel duty.”

“It’s ordinary families driving to work, it’s mums taking their children to school, it’s small businesses who can’t afford to drive a van or their lorry, it’s non-motorists who depend on buses who are also being crushed by rocketing food prices as the cost of road haulage goes through the roof.”

Will the fuel tax rise is January 2012 still go ahead? We hope not.