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The "petrol events" were a revolt of the car-dependent provinces

By Pamela Meadows   November 2000

The failure of politicians and journalists to recognise the public mood about fuel prices can be blamed on the metropolitan cocoon which they inhabit.

The car is now the largest item in the budget of most British households. The average weekly expenditure per household in 1998-99 was ?51.70 on motoring and ?57.20 on housing. But the motoring figure includes the 28 per cent of households which do not have cars. If the expenditure were averaged only over households which do have cars, it would total around ?71.80 per car-using household before the recent rounds of fuel price increases.

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