I have just been listening to the news at 6pm and found that our local area was featured when they used Hawes, a little town in the middle of Wensleydale, to demonstrate how crippling high petrol prices were to the economy of The Dales.
I know that as a nation we have got used to complaining about prices - Gas, Electricity, Petrol, Banking spring to mind immediately. (These flames are fanned by the very high salaries of the top jobs in these industries too.) But if you look at Hawes - it is a small town with only a limited amount of industry. I would guess that the main employer is probably the Wensleydale Creamery, which makes cheese and sells it worldwide. There are also some service industries catering for the needs of the local population, but I suspect many of the inhabitants have a long way to go for work.
There is a petrol station in Hawes, but the petrol and diesel is expensive - a lot more expensive than it is at the Tesco supermarket on Catterick Garrison. But in order to take advantage of that cheaper price drivers would have a round trip of thirty five miles. Even if they did their shopping there too, it would still hardly be cost-effective (and it would deprive the local shops of the custom they desperately need to keep going.
I am sure this same thing happens in many rural areas. Now the Government are apparently going to consider knocking 5p a litre off the price in these rural places - next year. Does it really take that long to consider it? What about next week?