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Politics by comparison

The Fair Fuel UK people seem to be making some inroads into the whole fuel duty thing at last, which is pleasing.  That’s not actually what this post is about, though.  This is about something that’s mentioned in this article:

The Treasury said fuel was “now 10p a litre lower than under the previous government’s plans”.

I hate this politics by comparison.  I don’t care that petrol would have been more expensive still under the previous government.  The key word there, in case you missed it, is “previous”.  The previous government, by definition, are not the ones who are in power.  They are also not the ones who can do things like freeze any rises in fuel duty.  Comparing the cost of petrol now to how it might have been if the previous government was in power is about as valid as comparing it to how prices would look in a post-apocalyptic world.

It’s irrelevant.  Stop it.  Talk about what you are going to do.  Talk about the here and now, rather than what might have been.

November 12th, 2012 at 11:15 am

I’m going to continue to acknowledge the impact my fuel use has on the world (ecologically, economically, or both) and grudgingly accept that I have to pay for that. Like I did under the previous government 😉

Is it just me or does petrol seem to be going up slower these days? Been in the 1.30-odds for ages round here.

carl
November 12th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

It does seem to have slowed a little, which I’m grateful for, and I get that it has an impact. I’d probably even mind less if there was a viable alternative to petrol, or even if it was apparent that the gobs of money that oil companies et al make from the sale of petrol was in any way being invested into finding alternatives.

All of that aside, though, my point was about the politics by comparison, rather than the price of fish.

Joe
November 12th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Pffft. That’s all I have to say about that.

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