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Friday, 27 January 2006

On va suivre les francais ...

... ou peut-etre meme les norvegiens (I'd have like to have been able to write that last bit in Norwegian, but that's beyond my meagre liguistic skills, I'm afraid).

It seems that Highland Council thinks that the French model (a targeted lower fuel tax) for coping with rising fuel prices in rural areas such as this is appropriate, whereas a local economist thinks the Norwegian model (automated petrol pumps which function like cash machines) would be better as the French model, he contends, might lead to fuel smuggling.

Me, I've no idea, but given the problems that I understand arise from trafficking in agricultural diesel fuel (which attracts a lower level of fuel tax) for uses that are not agricultural, I suspect that the Norwegian solution, or something like it, might be better in the long run, even if not so easily sellable to a gullible public.

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