Thursday, 8 April 2010

Why's petrol expensive?

The BBC have a nice graphic to cover the story of petrol reaching a new high

So, fuel duty is about half of the price. Bear in mind that Fuel Duty is entirely within the control of the British government. Whilst the wholesale cost is at the mercy of OPEC and the dollar/sterling exchange rate, the majority of the high price is because of the government.

At any moment they could cut fuel duty if only the government didn't pish so much money up the wall. They get £26,000,000,000 from fuel duty, about 6% of the £400,000,000,000 total estimated tax receipts for 2010.


1 comment:

  1. maybe the 'Tories' will have to put that up too, along with the VAT hike and all the other nefarious schemes they're apparently planning...

    I've finally developed my one question I will be asking all PPCs who are after my vote - "Why should I give you any more of my money?"