Corvus | 13.09.2000 13:43
Truckers Block much of Central London
Domestic Fuel Supplies very Low
14:00 BST. Blair has used his Crown Prerogative Powers to enable police to compell truckers to move fuel from the refineries.
Farmers have had their humanitarian exemption taken advantage of: whilst pledging that vital supplies for hostpitals and fire stations would be allowed through, the police pushed through entire convoys destined for commercial outlets.
The whole episode raises questions for the new new-left, as it were. These protesters are not campaigning for anything except their own concerns, and yet it cannot be denied that the plight of small farmers and agricultural workers has worsened throughout the decade. Why has the left not tried to give them a sovialist perspective on thier problems, leaving them to turn to their traditional modes of thought ? Perhaps they wouldnt listen, but then did anyone ever try ?
Meanwhile, truckers have reached central London, blocking off Park Lane. Reports that Trafalgar Sq is in a similar position are unconfirmed.