Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment”

The Conservative Party has sent out a secret memo to constituency associations revealing the cynical opportunism behind their ramping up of the fuel dispute.

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The Conservative Party has sent out a secret memo to constituency associations revealing the cynical opportunism behind their ramping up of the fuel dispute.

The memo, revealed by Charles Moore in the Daily Telegraph today, states:

“This is our Thatcher moment. In order to defeat the coming miners’ strike, she stockpiled coal. When the strike came, she weathered it, and the Labour Party, tarred by the strike, was humiliated. In order to defeat the coming fuel drivers’ strike, we want supplies of petrol stockpiled. Then, if the strike comes, we will weather it, and Labour, in hock to the Unite union, will be blamed.”

Mirror-front-page-MaudeThe revelations come as more details emerge of the tragic story of the woman who suffered 40 per cent burns after decanting petrol in her kitchen – while the stove was on.

A neighbour of Diane Hill told today’s Daily Mirror:

“The first thing I saw was billowing smoke and thought the daughters were having a BBQ and I thought ‘how lovely’.

“Then I realised somebody was alight. She was trying to pull her burning clothes off and the girls were helping her. It was so upsetting seeing how distraught they were.

“Her face was saved thank God but her body was badly burned.”

The paper reports:

Diane went up in flames when heat from her cooker ignited the petrol’s vapour at her home in Acomb, York. She dropped the glass container and it smashed on the floor, splashing fuel on to her clothes and sparking an inferno that consumed her body.

Grace and sister Lauren, 23, desperately tried to put out the blaze as their mother screamed in terror.

Two hours earlier Grace had tweeted that she was running out of petrol and was worried the filling stations would all be empty. It is believed she had gone round to her mum’s to top her tank up.

As the Mirror points out, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude’s advice to stockpile petrol in jerry cans is widely seen by many as the catalyst for the panic that has gripped the nation this week – a panic, the secret Tory memo exposes, induced for cynical political gain to get one over on the Labour Party and Unite, and draw focus from the budget.

 


See also:

Fuel strike dispute: The view from the driver’s cab 30 Mar 2012


 

The report adds:

Critics of the government’s handling of the fuel crisis laid into Cabinet minister Mr Maude for urging people to store petrol in jerry cans at home, even though a planned strike by tanker drivers had not even been called.

Diane’s aunt Joan Simpson laid the blame for her niece’s accident at the feet of bungling ministers.

She said: “This whole situation has been handled really badly by the government and this tragic event could have been avoided. The government have got some serious explaining to do. We are all absolutely devastated by this. I’m still waiting for information on Diane.”

Neighbour Mrs Johnston also attacked Mr Maude over his crass comments. She said: “I think it was a bit ill advised. The result was people going potty about getting petrol. I think panic is to blame.”

 


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26 Responses to “Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment””

  1. Keith M. O' Brien

    Secret #Tory meme leaked: "In order to defeat the coming fuel drivers’ strike, we want supplies of petrol stockpiled." //t.co/CeQ14duh

  2. BevR

    Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment” //t.co/bklOVtn9 #spartacus #wrb #nhs #democracybroken #corruption

  3. leftlinks

    Left Foot Forward – Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment” //t.co/H2dGnTLx

  4. Fr Paul Butler

    RT @leftfootfwd: Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would b their “Thatcher moment” //t.co/KzynWeLJ > More like their poll tax moment

  5. Phil Whittaker

    Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment”: //t.co/E9MkumuO by @ShamikDas #FuelStrike #Maude

  6. Pete Williams

    Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment”: //t.co/E9MkumuO by @ShamikDas #FuelStrike #Maude

  7. Lynne Jones

    Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment”: //t.co/E9MkumuO by @ShamikDas #FuelStrike #Maude

  8. Matthew Willey

    Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment”: //t.co/E9MkumuO by @ShamikDas #FuelStrike #Maude

  9. Anonymous

    It very well could be their ‘thatcher moment’, If they keep this up the Conservative backbenchers will get rid of Cameron just like they did to Thatcher.

  10. Daniel Pitt

    Cynical #Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment” //t.co/YSlMJsXV by @ShamikDas #FuelStrike #Maude"

  11. Tomos Heise

    Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment”: //t.co/E9MkumuO by @ShamikDas #FuelStrike #Maude

  12. Senorviva

    For cynical political gain – so nothing like using the sad tale of someone daft enough to decant petrol in front of her working oven to score political points! And it’s not even as though you needed to reference her suffering to make the point.

  13. fljf

    Cynical #Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment” //t.co/YSlMJsXV by @ShamikDas #FuelStrike #Maude"

  14. Kevin Richards

    RT @leftfootfwd: Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment” //t.co/i4YJPrFK

  15. Lord_kobel

    Because pointing out they are responsible for causing someone pain is just the same as causing the pain?

  16. H. O.

    RT @leftfootfwd: Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment” //t.co/skLKxYVE

  17. fljf

    RT @leftfootfwd: Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment” //t.co/skLKxYVE

  18. Jakey

    RT @leftfootfwd: Cynical Tories thought fuel dispute would be their “Thatcher moment” //t.co/skLKxYVE

  19. Ed's Talking Balls

    Spot on. Hypocrisy exposed.

  20. Ed's Talking Balls

    Francis Maude is a cretin, no argument there.

    However, it would be nice if we could mitigate the impact of the strike. If only we had an alternative tube system, so we could thwart the RMT!

  21. Anonymous

    Oh yes, it’s fine to “thwart” workers, so they can be abused. Never mind the rights, never mind you’re calling for a race to China’s salaries like the rest of the Tories. I don’t believe your disclaimer about Maude. Why should I?

    I know, let’s have driverless trains, like the Jubilee line, so we can have FAR lower rates of trains actually, you know, RUNNING, which cost a lot more than train driver salaries – including the strikes. Wait, that’s the plan!

    (Jubilee Line – 95%. Northern Line – 98%. That’s billions…)

  22. Anonymous

    I see, YOU cause the panic then blame everyone else for the consequences. Got it!

  23. Hurstingstone

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  24. freewestray

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  25. Ionic Etudes

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  26. Chris Tindall

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