About 90,000 Spanish lorry drivers started a protest at rising fuel prices at midnight last night.
Some trucks trying to cross picket lines have had their windscreens smashed and their lights ripped out and tyres slashed.
French fishermen were, a week ago, ramming yachts in harbour during a protest at rising fuel prices.
There are protests all over Europe – including here in England – at rising fuel prices and the French and Spanish are once again showing how it should be done. I wouldn’t normally condone the use of brute force in a protest but there is a lot at stake here – food and fuel prices (the former is linked to the latter) are spiralling out of control and very soon people are going to start finding themselves in the position where they can’t afford to buy even basic food items.
English hauliers blocked the entrance to the refinary at Ellesmere Port the other day but it went virtually unreported – the national media ignored it and the only reason I knew it had happened was because my local paper covers Ellesmere Port and local hauliers were involved in the action. There appears to be a deliberate media blackout of English fuel protests.
The head of the Spanish transport association federation said:
We are the ones who move the goods that this country needs to keep working. If we stop because we haven’t got the money to buy fuel then the country will stop.
Bang on and exactly the point I made last week. If hauliers went on strike – and this means getting the likes of Eddie Stobbart and Christian Salvessen on board – for a week, the country would be crippled and the British government would either have to forcibly break a legal protest by siezing the trucks and using the army to tranposrt food to supermarkets or they would have to do the decent thing and reduce fuel duty.
Giving in to protesters or bringing in the army to confiscate privately owned trucks – which would Gordo choose? Of course, causing disruption to food or fuel supplies is now classed as terrorism and if he gets his way on Wednesday, any protesters could find themselves detained without charge for a month and a half. Would Gordo have 90,000 lorry drivers locked up for a month and a half for exercising their constitutional right to free assembly and protest? Is the Pope catholic? Does a bear shit in the woods? Does a Glaswegian drink 14 pints of whiskey before starting a riot and then vomiting on a policeman’s trousers? Of course he would – there is no room for dissent in the Brownian Republic of New Britain.