Panic buying...

There is to be a "fuel protest" in the U.K. starting tomorrow, where a bunch of hauliers attempt to blockade fuel depots so that petrol runs out and the Government then has to give in and reduce fuel duty to offset some of the high cost of fuel caused by an increasing oil price.

This in turn is leading to people "panic buying" fuel, which in turn has caused a shortage in some areas, which the media has picked up on and reported causing more panic.

Even mentioning using less fuel as a solution will get you lynched as fast as suggesting that the way to avoid being photographed by a speed camera is to not speed, so I won't do that.

As usual I'm feeling a bit left out of this one. I wonder if I could panic buy some Go bars or bananas so I can get into the spirit of the occasion? Though the upside is that last time this happened after a few days the roads were nice and clear to cycle along.

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I wondered what was happening when we dropped into our local supermarket last night. Given that Sainsburys were due to close in about half an hour I couldn't work out why there was a queue of cars trying to get into the car park. Then I realised that they had diverted the queue for the petrol station round the whole supermarket car park to keep the end of the queue off the road. Ho hum. I quite enjoyed the last fuel protest. It was nice to see so many people walking the streets and cycling to work, and it was much easier to cross the roads.

Posted by Phillip Fayers on September 13, 2005 at 10:52 AM BST #

Chris, My conversation with a 'trusted' shop owner supported this new paradigm - 'panic' bicycle buying! This was great news for the following reasons, 1) No 'junk' bicycles from this guy 2) Knowledgable personnel employed 3) Third generation vendor who DOES ride! 4) A 'bicycle lane' (6' width, 8 miles in distance, both directions) was just labeled nearby. LEAVE THAT SUV AT HOME!

Posted by William R. Walling on September 13, 2005 at 02:54 PM BST #

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