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Panic Stations

by | 13th, September 2005

‘THE cricket’s over. There’s nothing to watch on the telly. So why not take a nice drive out to your local filling station and sit in a queue for a few days. Better yet, get some exercise and push your car there.

‘Last one to the petrol station’s a walker’

Petrol prices are up, and the fuel price protests pencilled in for Wednesday are causing many motorists to panic.

The Telegraph says that yesterday long queues formed outside petrol stations. While there was no evidence of any serious shortages, the paper says that some forecourts did run dry.

Of course, the protest, which threatens to blockade refineries, petrol stations and cause traffic jams on roads, can be averted if the Government agrees with the Fuel Lobby’s demands and cuts fuel tax.

Since this is about as likely as England winning cricket’s Ashes, the protest looks very much on.

And over on the Times’s front page, the news is that ministers are less discussing ways to stave off a mass protest by angry road hauliers than they are looking to ensure that petrol goes to the best places.

Ministers have noted the panic buying and are concerned that there will enough fuel for essential users, like John Prescott and, should she have had her hair done, Mrs Prescott, Doctor Prescott, Nurse Prescott and Chief Inspector Prescott of the

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