See what you think and pass it on if you agree with it
For many years now a viral email has been circulating urging drivers to boycott ESSO and BP and to buy from supermakets instead. An example is shown on the right.
We are hitting £1.10 a litre in some areas now, soon we will be faced with paying £2.00 a ltr. Fred Bloggs offered this good idea:
This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the 'don't buy petrol on a certain day campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't
continue to hurt ourselves by refusing to buy petrol. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work.
Please read it and join in!
Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a litre is CHEAP, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the market place
not sellers. With the price of petrol going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone in the pocket by not
purchasing their Petrol! And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. Here's the idea:
For the rest of this year DON'T purchase ANY petrol from the two biggest oil companies (which now are one), ESSO and BP.
If they are not selling any petrol, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact we need to reach literally millions of Esso and BP petrol buyers. It's really simple to do!!
Now, don't wimp out at this point... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!
I am sending this note to a lot of people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the
message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it...
THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!
Again, all You have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all.(and not buy at ESSO/BP) How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8days!!! Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.
PLEASE HOLD OUT UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE 69p a LITRE RANGE
It's easy to make this happen. Just forward this email, and buy your petrol at Shell, Asda,Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons Jet etc. i.e. boycott BP and Esso
Here we tell you why you should ignore this email and what you should send back to people who send it to you.
Quite simply this email is a con.
It is no co-incidence that the two petrol companies mentioned are those most hated by greens. So you can draw your own conclusions about who wrote this email in the first place, and what their true motives were.
It also encourages you to buy from supermarkets. Whilst we're not suggesting you avoid supermakets if they are cheaper or more convenient, boycotting ESSO and BP will further hurt some independent petrol retailers, a vast number of which have already closed in recent decades. This in turn will worsen the problem of actually finding a petrol station when you need one.
Proof that this email is a con comes from the simple fact that supermarkets do not have their own oil wells, oil tankers, and oil refineries — they buy from the big oil companies.
Further proof about the source of the email is in the number of people mentioned. Briatin's population is around 60 million not 300 million, indicating the original email was not written in the UK.
The real reason petrol is so expensive in the UK is that about 2/3 of the cost is down to tax.
Britain has amongst the most expensive fuel in the world. In the USA and in Russia it is less than half the price it is here.
If you want to do something, write to your MP and demand that fuel tax be reduced.
In particular demand that the dishonest practice of charging VAT on fuel tax be scrapped, that alone will reduce the cost by over 11p per litre. The government have refused to do this claiming that EU rules prohibit it. That it not acceptable — such absurd rules need ignoring or scrapping. Petition and response.
Demand that the planned increases in fuel duty be scrapped.
Demand that a fuel tax regulator be introduced so that pump price is kept stable, irrespective of oil prices.
So if you get one of these emails, send back a copy of the blue text above, or a link to this page (URL is shown at the bottom of the page).
And please join the ABD and help us to campaign against excessive taxation and all anti-car measures.