John’s post on Gate Gourmet and his advocacy of paying minimum wage to as many people in that industry as possible is still rather fresh in my mind.]]>
But John is talking about national (even international, given this rapidly ends up being an EU issue) economic policy. It’s just not possible to not screw-over someone: at the very least, it would mean less tax revenue which will hit someone: is a farmer worth more than civil servant? And that’s not a long-term solution: fuel prices are going to keep rising, and if we keep cutting the tax component, eventually there will be no tax, and still 1 quid a litre. Get used to it now, I say.
I actually find John’s straight-talking fairly refreshing: at least he’s honest that someone is going to be out of a job and have a hard time, unlike most people who seem to pretend that you can have a major economic change without anyone having a rough time of it. To be fair, John does also call for helping, say, truckers to change careers.]]>
I think you’ll find Chris, that the indifference or contempt tends to be reserved for those to whom the market generally caters, and who themselves couldn’t give a flying fuck about what the market does to others.]]>
I don’t quite follow the haulage companies economic arguments. Surely they can pass the costs onto their customers, ie Tescos, or whoever it is? It’s not like stuff can be moved around the country by rail or air more than it is now. Or is there something big I’m missing?]]>
Lobby spokesman Andrew Spence said: "We are not calling for a blockade, but if oil companies decide they cannot send out lorries while there is a public presence at their site, then that is a matter for them."
And Andrew Green has said this is only "the start of things to come".
Whilst I take Chris Lightfoot’s point that its all a good hoot for while, it did turn rather nasty in the end and there were real problems.]]>