'Join me in my petrol price protest,' says businessman

A BUSINESSMAN is drawing up plans for a petrol price protest and wants your support to send a message to the Government and to hit the firms making the massive profits. Tim Sharratt, 61, told The Hunts Post he wants the people of Huntingdonshire to hel

A BUSINESSMAN is drawing up plans for a petrol price protest and wants your support to send a message to the Government and to hit the firms making the massive profits.

Tim Sharratt, 61, told The Hunts Post he wants the people of Huntingdonshire to help him stage a peaceful and lawful protest "against the excessive taxation upon fuel users in this country".

The proposed protest would not only focus on rising petrol prices, but would also include the cost of gas, electricity and water.

"All taxpayers and fuel users in this country are suffering reduced income," Mr Sharratt said. "It is costing everyone more to get to work and more to buy the food to feed their families.


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"Businesses are being forced to reduce profitability because of these increasing fuel prices whilst trying to remain competitive in a difficult market place."

He added: "This protest is not meant to be from one voice of a disgruntled consumer, but the majority that share the anger and frustration and agree with my views.

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"There is reluctance among the English to protest to find a solution. The French, Spanish and Portuguese fisherman are protesting yet our fishing industry has suffered the most."

He added: "It is essential to remember, that there is absolutely no point in appealing to this Government, or indeed any future government or politician, as any increase in price does not affect them in the slightest.

"We have all been made aware over recent months just what all politicians can claim for, so travelling to and from their place of work does not cost them any more, despite fuel increases.

"Gordon Brown is still travelling around in a Jaguar - that says it all I think.

Mr Sharratt, who runs the Mitsa Promotions in East Street, St Ives, with his son, said the protest should also look helping people reduce their fuel and energy consumption.

"All fuels are relevant to this protest so it is imperative that any cost savings can be suggested for gas, electricity, water and utilities," he said.

"Individuals and businesses who want to encourage this protest and offer support and help would be very much welcomed.

"By supporting this campaign please suggest ways in which to protest and more importantly devise ways of reducing fuel consumption.

"This would enable a show of solidarity and will ensure this protest reaches those that are not affected by high taxation."

Government quote to come....

INFORMATION: To contact Mr Sharratt with ideas e-mail fuelprotest@googlemail.com

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