Tuesday, 11 December 2007

How to start a panic

Internet sources are bigging up the possibility of a fuel protest at the weekend:

This sort of thing can become a self-fulfilling prophecy as motorists start to panic and fuel pumps run dry.

The Financial Times had a much more sensible piece pointing out the obstacles in the way of an effective protest:
1. The police have a new set of instructions and would not allow blockades of refineries to develop as they did in 2000 (mind you, the police are not exactly in a good mood with the government after they didn't get the full pay rise they were promised)
2. A similar attempt in 2005 failed.
3. Staging such a protest just before Christmas would hardly be an effective way to win popular support.

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