Oil giants see up to 48 per cent rise in profits; truckers protest
29 April 2008

Royal Dutch Shell and BP have posted record profits for the first quarter of 2008, thanks to the rising price of oil, which is currently almost $120 per barrel.Shell posted profits of $7.8bn (£3.9bn), up from $6.9bn in 2007, and BP made $6.5bn (£3.3bn), a huge rise of 48 per cent over last year.The figures were announced lorry drivers travelled into central London to protest against the price of diesel, which has risen a massive 30 per cent over the last year.Organised by TransAction 2007, one of the groups behind the 2000 fuel protests, the demonstration will see dozens of truckers gathering at Park Lane before handing a coffin that they say represents hundreds of haulage firms to the Houses of Parliament.TransAction claims that fuel now costs a typical articulated lorry up to £1000 per week. The British firms’ struggle is made worse, says TransAction, by foreign lorry drivers who can take advantage of cheaper fuel in Europe. This protest comes just as the strike at the Scottish Grangemouth refinery, which is responsible for producing a third of the UK’s oil, came to an end. It is expected to be a week before the plant is fully operational again, though the Unite union responsible for the strike has warned that further industrial action could take place.

Vicky Parrott

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29 April 2008

The British Government is in a bit of a 'vice' here to put it mildly.

Their anti-oil, anti-car, anti-motorist policies, which all too easily forgets the massive benefits oil and cars has brought the country for nearly a century is coming back to bite them where it hurts!

Not satisfied with 300% tax on fuel they've greedily tax-grabbed further with new CO2 taxes that don't help the greenary at all, just helps their crumbling Politburo public finances and the biggest growth in the Nanny-Bully State wage-roll and spy-cameras since communism fell.

The higher the oil price goes the more the public look at 300% tax on fuel and focus on on the real issue. Greedy tax grabbing Nu Labour and its anti-motorist policies.

Already up a creek without a paddle over Ethanol these bunch of losers are caught up between a capatalist market and their centralised greedy State. The truckers haven't muc time for greedy politicians (their livelihoods depend on an efficient energy policy). Only a matter of time until motorists hit their horns too.

It's a vice of their own making and Labours folly that they can tax energy how they like, no matter how pig-ignorant their policies.

29 April 2008

If cars became emission free, one can only imagine what the next excuse would be to over-tax and vilify the motor car?

They've never had a good press being blamed for messing up cities and towns as though it was the first time a form of transport has done this.

Think of the horse droppings of the Victorian Times. The stench, the flies, poor working class fellow slipping in a large fresh one and going base over tip on his way to the Gin shop.....

Thats another thing, why do so many make a fuss of dog muck, then say nothing about the mini-Matahorn of horse poo that has to be treated like a roundabout in the road? No doubt some equestrianarian will defend this stating the chemical nature of horse poo, but I don't care, if it comes out of an animals bottom it cannot be good for the environment. I know it's not good for my nose, nor my appetite. Then there are their no 1's, a waterfall of euqarian aqua that flow freely to muddy the already steaming pile of chunks put there moments before.

All that horse manure and not a rose in sight......I think I've digressed again...

29 April 2008

to the topic: it's not the profits that irritate me, more the slices that the government take along the way.

to Stephen and JJB: Considering that the government will start discriminating against kinky sex next week, does anyone else feel that they're taking all the things that people hated about Thatcher and none of the things that people liked about the era.

29 April 2008

Ah, capitalism in action, I love it. And soon there'll be a Tory government, we'll be alright then.

30 April 2008

Schwenck - just in case you didn't get the crystal clear message of the last 100yrs of economic development it is centrally controlled economies don't work, they go bankrupt - free markets do work (see living standards - America v Russia 1940-2000).

Nu Labour sold the country "things can only get better" with a couple of very big porkies about them believing in free markets (did you have a choice about Ethanol being forced down your throat?) and passing power down to the people (did you see any Labour Party promised Referendum before passing power to the unelected, unaccountable EEC Politbruo?).

In fact I can list you a dozen seriously disgusting cases about the contempt Labour (and other parties) have shown for the public who they purport (ever veinly) to represent the best interests of.

Before you calculate your next flippant post I suggest you work out your tax bill from central and local govenrment and see how big the chunks of tax they've taken out of your standard of living in the name of "national security", "the enviroment", "education" and "health". Then show me one penny of benefit.

30 April 2008

[quote JJBoxster]

Before you calculate your next flippant post I suggest you work out your tax bill from central and local govenrment and see how big the chunks of tax they've taken out of your standard of living in the name of "national security", "the enviroment", "education" and "health". Then show me one penny of benefit.

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Plato spoke of this when he spoke of the unwritten contract between the governed and those in power. That is - we give up certain 'freedoms' for the protection of the government and the state. All the things you speak of would seem to fit into that box.

Who are you to contradict Plato? ;-)

Seriously though - and you'll dodge this - if it's so crap why don't you just move away?

It's abundantly clear that you think you live in some sort of intellectual bubble as much as it's clear that you don't really have a clue about anything within the section above I 'cut and pasted' from your siloquay. How on earth you could know anything about the work going on behind the scenes regarding national security for example highlights your blinkered approach to just about everything.

Why is everything a critique Cockstar? I'd get out more if I were you.

30 April 2008

JJBoxster, I hope you are channelling your obvious passion into some local political action rather than wasting them on a motoring forum.

1 May 2008

Schwenck - you bet. I've had it up to the back teeth. Labour have gone from Nannies to Bullies and I for one have had enough and fully intend to do all I can to bring Ethanol fraud, the climate con, the smoking ban and the congestion zone scam down.. and I'd encourage anyone with an ounce of responsibility or belief in their country or who values democracy to do the same.

It's not just the bullying of motorists, smokers, taxation destroying peoples living standards and the whole waste of subsidising public transport and the entire bullying bearacracy either. It's the deceipt and pure contempt about the way politicians go about their vandalism of a nation.

Scummy hasn't seen diplomats co-ordinating between Washington and London to manufacture a war in Iraq. Or Irish and British diplomats co-ordinating timing and not raising the issue of our slide into undemocratic, unaccountable EEC control whilst Balls-Up -Bankrupt Brown renages on his parties manifesto pledge to give people a choice (referendum).

Scummy says I should 'get out more'. If he wasn't so far up his rectum he might actually know one day what's going on (fat chance).

In fact most of you are zombies walking round with an image about Britain that barely describes the miserable reality that this nation has more spy cameras than any totalitarian regime on the planet!

We've also murdered more innocent civilians in the past 15yrs on a false premise than all of them put together. So what did Britains zombies do? Re-elect them. Time to wake you all up.

1 May 2008

Scumbag - I don't know which 'unwritten contract between governed and in power' you and Plato are referring to but I'd assume you mean the one where people elect people to represent their best interests to a democratic body to represent all. Call me old fashioned but I believe when those public representatives deceive you with spin, tax the death out of your living standards and deliver sweet f.a. I regard the contract as null and void.

Here's some multiple choice questions... you have a 50% chance of getting them right even with no intelligence;

Improve the Planet Question.

Option 1). Spend millions on funding a UN spin machine, funding British scientists compliant to the cause, funding public spin and fear media campaigns, funding spy cameras, funding congestion zones and £millions subsidising Ethanol. Then taxing motorists £700M for CO2 emissions, taxing 300% on petrol, and taxing anything that moves.

Option 2). Make a policy decision that climate theory is bunkum (saving £Billions a year). Reduce taxes on motorists and fuel thereby improving the nations (people and businesses) efficiency and standards of living. Further cut subsidies to public transport (saving £8-£10bn a year) and invest in improving the road network.

Improve National Security Question.

Option 1). Fight wars, murder thousands on a false premise, install spy cameras and maching gunned police at all airports, make 60M people cue for hours and take off their shoes at airports and spend £10bn a year on 'national security'

Option 2). Have a foreign policy that doesn't make pre-emptive attacks (which is against international law) and stir up nationalistic/religeous fervour. Cost £0.00. Saving £Billions.

How did you do Scummy? Went for Option 1 both times didn't you. Oh dear!!!

3 May 2008

[quote JJBoxster]

Scumbag - I don't know which 'unwritten contract between governed and in power' you and Plato are referring to but I'd assume you mean the one where people elect people to represent their best interests to a democratic body to represent all. Call me old fashioned but I believe when those public representatives deceive you with spin, tax the death out of your living standards and deliver sweet f.a. I regard the contract as null and void.

Here's some multiple choice questions... you have a 50% chance of getting them right even with no intelligence;

Improve the Planet Question.

Option 1). Spend millions on funding a UN spin machine, funding British scientists compliant to the cause, funding public spin and fear media campaigns, funding spy cameras, funding congestion zones and £millions subsidising Ethanol. Then taxing motorists £700M for CO2 emissions, taxing 300% on petrol, and taxing anything that moves.

Option 2). Make a policy decision that climate theory is bunkum (saving £Billions a year). Reduce taxes on motorists and fuel thereby improving the nations (people and businesses) efficiency and standards of living. Further cut subsidies to public transport (saving £8-£10bn a year) and invest in improving the road network.

Improve National Security Question.

Option 1). Fight wars, murder thousands on a false premise, install spy cameras and maching gunned police at all airports, make 60M people cue for hours and take off their shoes at airports and spend £10bn a year on 'national security'

Option 2). Have a foreign policy that doesn't make pre-emptive attacks (which is against international law) and stir up nationalistic/religeous fervour. Cost £0.00. Saving £Billions.

How did you do Scummy? Went for Option 1 both times didn't you. Oh dear!!!

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You have an answer for everything don't you? What a shame that it's the wrong answer though and even with a 50% chance of getting it right - you consistantly get it wrong.

How so?

Your ignorance of the things you talk about is breathtaking - one day - after you've left school and you've worked out all of your frustration and limited knowledge of the subject matter - you'll find this to be self evident.

Until then - BACK TO YOUR PLAY PEN YOUNG MAN.

And I want you in bed by 1930h please - you need some sleep.

I cannot stop laughing at you - really I can't.

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