The Government began talks with the European Commission last year to introduce a pilot scheme to give a discount on fuel duty of up to 5p per litre on petrol and diesel in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles, and the Isles of Scilly…….Some petrol stations, notably those in the Northern Isles, are already charging £1.40 a litre and Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said these remote areas would soon be able to enjoy a discount on the duty they pay for petrol.

I see: Lib Dem Minister thinking that petrol prices should be reduced in several Lib Dem and one SNP held seat.

Absolutely and completely on the grounds of natural justice and fairness, nothing to do with party politics at all.

2 thoughts on “Hmm”

  1. Setting up a straw man there, Tim, aintcha? The right thing and political advantage are not necessarily incompatible. Given that I live in Shetland, you may think that I have similar mixed motives to Danny Alexander’s; but nothing on earth or Saturn could make me vote Lib Dem, despite the fact that there’s no hope of getting them evicted as my MP and MSP.

    Tim adds: “incompatible”, no, of course not. But it is quite amazing how often “the right thing” is determined by political advantage.

  2. Interesting how they had to go grovelling to the EU to achieve this, but remember “we’re in Europe not ruled by Europe”.

    On the larger point would we rather have politicians who don’t do what the electorate want. The answer to which is clearly yes, otherwise we wouldn’t be in the EU. Despite the occasional crumb from the table they choose to throw us.

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