I note with interest that our esteemed fuel suppliers have, once more, recently increased the price of our diesel and petrol by, at first four, and then another one pence a litre, over and above the already outrageous premium we pay here.
This despite the fact that there have been no such increases on the mainland for some months and crude oil prices appear to be quite stable. Had such an inexplicable price increase been foisted upon our counterparts on the mainland, they would have heard the hue and cry in New Zealand and Japan! There would have been protests and demonstrations at the very least, and possibly blockades of refineries as well.
What happens in Shetland? Nothing it would seem. Is it that we are now so used to being taken to the cleaners by those nice Irish people that we don’t even comment on it any more?
What’s the matter boys? Did the wife’s Christmas present cost more than you thought and you have to make it up somehow, or is it that with the government’s 5p fuel duty derogation looming large (at last) you thought you’d stick it on and just trouser the lot? Nah! That can’t be it, can it?