The Peoples Fuel Lobby is still seeking a 26p per litre reduction in fuel tax, says Democratic Party transport spokesman Philip Snow. "They want parity with EU fuel prices to create fair competition for U.K. hauliers."
"We are on record pledging 15p per litre reduction, but the Fuel Lobby turned us down." said Mr Snow. "We offered them our political platform to fight the Government through the ballot box. But they have high expectations of succeeding with their campaign for 26p. We would reduce tax by 26p if we could, though with the NHS and pensioners seeking extra funding we feel 15p is more realistic at this stage."
"We are fully behind the Fuel Lobby providing they reject direct action and disruptive rallies. . We believe that fighting through the ballot box would be more democratic and would avoid any risk to essential transportation. We will continue to offer this option to the Fuel Lobby."
Contacts for Democratic Party:
Transport Spokesman Philip Snow on 01782 657697
Party Leader Geoff Southall on 01684 891700
14th September 2000
Does New Labour believe in democracy?
Does New Labour believe in democracy? A democratic party would never have found itself in a fuel crisis. It would have lowered the price of fuel substantially, reduced road taxes, improved the roads system and helped road users to reduce traffic pollution. That was what the people wanted. Instead, New Labour raised the price of fuel and spent the tax subsidising the European Union, which the majority of people do not want.
What kind of democracy do we presently have, with some polls during the fuel crisis showing 95% of people supporting direct action? Tony Blair accused the protesters of "hurting real people" but it's he and Gordon Brown who hurt real people with stealth taxes and taxes on taxes. VAT on the fuel excise duty itself is a staggering and wholly inexcusable 9p per litre. They use revenues to reduce the National Debt, thereby taking money out of circulation, reducing purchasing power and impoverishing the community. Whose agenda are they running? Not the people's!
Tony Blair and his colleagues deserved the thoroughly bloody nose they received at the hands of the protesting public. How's your popularity rating now, Tony? If you want the lorry drivers' and farmers' and motorists' support to win the next election, you've got 60 days to sort the fuel tax out - or lose! Beware the 13th of November - the ides of November, an inauspicious day! Do you not model yourself on Julius Caesar? Then beware, the 13th could be your downfall!
The Democratic Party
22nd September 2000
The Tories aren't listening either!
Now the Tories are revealing that they are not listening to the public either! 3p off the price of fuel! What a pathetic, disingenuous, insulting offer that is! When the public demand significant reductions they are talking about 10p or more! Are any of the politicians listening? Seemingly none of them!
The public are making it clear they have had enough. Time and again over the last few years they have made their demands clear. What kind of democracy do we have when the politicians pay no attention to the public's clamouring? What kind of agenda are the main parties running? Not the people's agenda, obviously!
A reduction in the price of fuel does not necessarily mean a reduction in public spending. There are innumerable ways of replacing the loss to the Treasury, if indeed it is necessary. We all know that Gordon Brown is building up a war chest. Is not that money surplus to his budget requirements? If so, the price of fuel could be reduced significantly without affecting spending. What would the politicians say to that?
Experience shows that raising the price of petrol does not much affect car use. People are forced to use their cars excessively by the nature of our economy and our out-of-town residential, shopping and industrial infrastructure. People are well aware of the environmental issues. What they need are anti-pollution systems for existing cars and the development of electric and hydrogen-powered cars. The government controls how we live, so it's the government which must take responsibility for reducing the environmental impact.
It's time for politicians to be more accountable for their economic policies and explain in detail how our taxes are spent and how the economy is managed on our behalf. We've had enough of smokescreens and mirrors disguising a malignant, overbearing control of our economy. It's time for politicians to be public servants, not masters, and for them to be honest, open and immune to corrupting influences, and to explain how their policies are consistent with the will of the people.
The Democratic Party
18th November 1999
Motorists declare war on Blair, say Democrats
Motorists will declare war and vote in their millions against Tony Blair's motoring "Toll Tax" announced in the Queen's Speech, predicts Democratic Party transport spokesman Philip Snow.
"Motorists know that they are already taxed to the hilt," said Mr Snow, "and this Transport Bill is the last straw. Motorists will now declare war on New Labour and vote for parties that support and respect the motorist. The motorist with his personal mobility is the cornerstone of our thrusting economy today. Motorists refuse to be treated as pariahs and soaked for every last penny and more, as New Labour is now doing."
"The proposal for congestion charging will hit pensioners, the disabled, the less well-off and anyone who lives out of town. Yet motorists are already reducing congestion by using public transport, downsizing their cars, buying scooters and bikes, reducing unnecessary journies, changing their lifestyles, working from home and using the Internet where once they used their cars. Add this to the fact that the motorist pays over five times as much in tax as gets spent on roads and public transport and there is no case for more anti-motorist measures."
13th October 1999
Democrats slam Blair transport complacency
Democratic Party transport spokesman Philip Snow today slammed Tony Blair for his complacency over public transport. "The public are shocked to discover the depth of Tony Blair's complacency over public transport." said Mr Snow. "Not only safety but also efficiency and the introduction of new technology have been left entirely in the hands of private operators. Yet private operators by their very nature give more priority to shareholders' interests than to public and national interests. This is fundamentally inconsistent and counter-productive to a national transport strategy."
"The public are demanding improvements to the national transport system," Mr Snow continued, "with the Government taking a strong, hands-on lead. We call on Tony Blair to introduce co-management of all licenced public transport operators where the Government can impose improvements in safety and mobility technology, funded where necessary by the taxpayer. Mr Blair seems to have a very feeble sense of what is possible. Action must be taken immediately to improve safety. Where technology does not override human judgement and fallibility, more human supervision must be introduced immediately. Where low technology measures can be used these must be used without waiting for more advanced technologies to be applied. Where technology can override human error altogether it should be developed and introduced. The public expect and demand no less."
"Motorists contribute over £32billion in fuel and road taxes yet less than £6billion is spent on the roads infrastructure. Tony Blair insisted on spending £750 million on the Millennium Dome which could have been spent fitting ATP to trains. There is no lack of money for improving public transport, only a lack of resolve and determined effort by the Government. On behalf of the public we call for an immediate end to this culture of complacency over public transport and for immediate, effective action."