I don't own a car, but whenever I pass one of the petrol stations in Stornoway, I do glance at their price board. Fuel prices are now well above £1.40 a litre, and diesel was at £1.50 on January 5th. I'll nip up the road later today to check, but in the meantime, I can report that these ridiculous prices are forcing people to leave the island, or at least relocate closer to their place of work. I heard from at least one person who is in the latter position.
There was a lot of hot air from our esteemed parliamentary representatives, when the idea of a rural fuel derogation was rejected by HM Treasury in London. I think there should be more emphasis on the discrepancies between rural locations. The same tanker that supplies Inverness and Scrabster also calls at Stornoway. So, why is fuel here so much dearer than in Inverness? I think that should be investigated by the council and / or the Scottish Government, and the causes dealt with immediately.