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#242440 - 10th Jul 2008 11:44am PM: Drivers Benefit from high prices.
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Brown says soaring fuel prices are for our own good



Gordon Brown thinks that record fuel costs and driving taxes will benefit motorists in the long run, it has been reported. The Prime Minister also wants to get all petrol-driven cars off Britain’s roads by 2020.

He is taking a high-risk strategy at the G8 Summit in an attempt to show that Britain can lead the way on green motoring issues. Part of his plan is apparently to push for all vehicles to be electric or hybrid within 12 years.

He is also standing behind the idea that high taxes on motorists and spiralling fuel costs will be an affective way of stopping people driving petrol cars. This appears to suggest that he is still in favour of controversial plans to impose high taxes on the most polluting cars, while letting low emissions vehicles dodge duty.

The strategy risks alienating Brown even further from British drivers who are already suffering from huge fuel bills. Paul Watters of the AA said: ‘Motorists are already suffering from very high prices – this just piles on the pain.’

The Prime Minister is also understood to be looking to teach motorists ‘eco-driving techniques’ that will bring down fuel consumption. He said: ‘I think the combination of car licence and petrol costs could, if we develop the new technology, be to the benefit of car drivers.’
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#242441 - 10th Jul 2008 11:58am Re: PM: Drivers Benefit from high prices. [Re: StuyMac]
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His problem is his Scottish Presbyterian background, which thinks that anything you enjoy must be bad for you & you must be punished. Oh, and the fact that the man's a pr**k
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#242451 - 10th Jul 2008 1:25pm Re: PM: Drivers Benefit from high prices. [Re: chriskay]
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Agreed.

Besides who says the moron will still be in power to finish his vision.

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#242548 - 11th Jul 2008 12:54pm Re: PM: Drivers Benefit from high prices. [Re: CustomIce]
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In twelve years we won't be using petrol?
I'm not even going use an argument to back up everyone's opinion that the man is an idiot. He wasn't meant to lead the country. He wasn't voted for the job, he sits on piles of cash, and then claims we are about to enter a recession. He is a porridge eating prick.
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#242549 - 11th Jul 2008 12:55pm Re: PM: Drivers Benefit from high prices. [Re: DavidB]
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Oh, let's hope he does the same for high polluting heavy industries, eh? ie all of them.
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#242552 - 11th Jul 2008 1:05pm Re: PM: Drivers Benefit from high prices. [Re: DavidB]
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He wasn't meant to lead the country. He wasn't voted for the job, he sits on piles of cash, and then claims we are about to enter a recession. He is a porridge eating prick.

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