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Petrol prices must be slashed and watchdog is asleep at the wheel

Failure on fuel SLASHING pump prices is crucial to fixing our economy. It is scandalous it is taking so long despite the cost of oil falling

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Failure on fuel

SLASHING pump prices is crucial to fixing our economy.

It is scandalous it is taking so long despite the cost of oil falling.

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Brits are paying too much at the pumps while oil firms are raking in profits[/caption]

Equally outrageous is the glacial pace at which the competition watchdog is moving to rectify it.

There is ample evidence of oil firms’ profiteering, with a tripling of the margin between what they pay for crude and the price on the forecourt.

It has been going on for months. Months in which food prices have soared due to rocketing transport costs.

In which families, firms and even the NHS and police have been hammered by the exorbitant burden of filling up.

Why did it take so long to trigger the CMA inquiry? Why will it only report in the autumn after a leisurely summer? That’s no good to everyone suffering now.

The Government could help with another cut in fuel duty — and VAT too.

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But as Rob Halfon MP writes opposite about the oil companies: “There’s no need for more reviews. Everyone knows what the problem is. It’s time to actually do something for the hard-working people of Britain.” He’s dead right.

What use is a watchdog that’s asleep?


Lumbered party

LABOUR has to celebrate Keir Starmer’s Beergate escape.

But it’s the last thing they needed and the Tories should be grinning.

Here was a heaven-sent chance for Labour to ditch a charmless opportunist whom voters already know is a dud.

The party’s poll leads are all down to Boris’s unpopularity and Tory chaos.

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Labour may have missed a chance to ditch hapless Sir Keir Starmer[/caption]

But the Tories can reunite behind a new PM with fresh policies which Labour conspicuously lack.

Starmer is now posing as Captain Integrity. Millions, though, will not forget his contemptible campaign to overthrow the Brexit vote he falsely vowed to honour.

And twice trying to install as Prime Minister one Jeremy Corbyn — a thick, anti-Semitic Marxist crank who has sided with Britain’s enemies his entire life. That’s “honesty”? That’s “integrity”?

It was predictable Durham cops would lack the bottle to fine a Labour leader caught downing beer with 16 ­others at a Friday night curry bash during lockdown.

Their judgement that it was “reasonably necessary for work” — when teetotal Rishi Sunak WAS fined by the Met merely for singing Happy Birthday moments before a Downing Street meeting — is farcically inconsistent.

As for being a shallow, wooden chancer, though, Starmer is guilty as charged.

And Labour are stuck with him.

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Nation’s grief

IT’S hard to name a world leader who is kind, decent and almost universally liked.

But Shinzo Abe was all that in his long stint as Japan’s PM, as our own past Prime Ministers and our Queen attest.

His assassination by a fanatic is an appalling tragedy.

Britain has lost a friend.

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