The price of petrol

Australian blogger One Salient Oversight has an interesting post on why petrol is currently so expensive around the world. More constructive, but less amusing, than the Onion’s graphic giving its own reasons for the high prices:

Causes for gas price increase
Then there’s Philip Zec’s famous cartoon from the Second World War, The Price of Petrol, which almost got the Daily Mirror closed down for sedition:

The price of petrol has been increased by one penny - Official
“The price of petrol has been increased by one penny” – Official.
For the full story of how the government campaign against the Mirror was led by none other than Peter Mandelson’s grandfather, Herbert Morrison, click here. Herbert Morrison, like his grandson, was a rather prickly character. When someone remarked that Morrison was his own worst enemy, his fellow Labour minister Ernest Bevin replied, “Not while I’m alive he ain’t”.

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12 Responses to The price of petrol

  1. Actually that ONION graphic is probably a better explanation of what is going on…

  2. Actually that ONION graphic is probably a better explanation of what is going on…

  3. Actually that ONION graphic is probably a better explanation of what is going on…

  4. Actually that ONION graphic is probably a better explanation of what is going on…

  5. Craig says:

    I dont understand the cartoon?

  6. Craig says:

    I dont understand the cartoon?

  7. Craig says:

    I dont understand the cartoon?

  8. Craig says:

    I dont understand the cartoon?

  9. John H says:

    Craig: neither did the wartime government. The message it was apparently intended to send out was, “Wasting petrol doesn’t only add to the price, it costs lives out in the north Atlantic”.
    The government thought it was sending out a defeatist message – that lives were being senselessly wasted just to hold down the price of fuel.

  10. John H says:

    Craig: neither did the wartime government. The message it was apparently intended to send out was, “Wasting petrol doesn’t only add to the price, it costs lives out in the north Atlantic”.
    The government thought it was sending out a defeatist message – that lives were being senselessly wasted just to hold down the price of fuel.

  11. John H says:

    Craig: neither did the wartime government. The message it was apparently intended to send out was, “Wasting petrol doesn’t only add to the price, it costs lives out in the north Atlantic”.
    The government thought it was sending out a defeatist message – that lives were being senselessly wasted just to hold down the price of fuel.

  12. John H says:

    Craig: neither did the wartime government. The message it was apparently intended to send out was, “Wasting petrol doesn’t only add to the price, it costs lives out in the north Atlantic”.
    The government thought it was sending out a defeatist message – that lives were being senselessly wasted just to hold down the price of fuel.

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