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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

The Guardian (or is that theguardian?) has a good take on the petrol protests:

Motorists will be hurt by price increases which will leave them less to spend on other things, but not yet by shortages which are largely self-generated. At the whiff of a rumour of shortages motorists queue at the nearest cut-price station, often ignoring a slightly more expensive one down the road and unaware that idling in a petrol station costs 2p to 3p a minute.

If motorists want to save energy and money then, on AA Trust figures, merely driving at the legal limit of 70mph instead of 80mph would save 40p every 10 miles. As the Petrol Retailers’ Association points out, if the government introduced a minimum purchase of £20, the rush to fill up because of a shortage that only arises out of panic buying would disappear. But that sounds too much like joined-up thinking.

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