The beneficent hand of government is stirring up a lot of protest that captive media would rather you ignore. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
British authorities warned drivers of “serious disruption” on Monday as protestors seeking relief from high fuel costs used “go-slow” convoys to cause traffic jams on major UK motorways over a wide swath of territory.
Organized via social media under the banner of “Fuel Price Stand Against Tax,” rolling, slow-moving roadblocks of cars, trucks and tractors started their protests around 7am. According to The Guardian:
Motorways in the Bristol area, Devon, Cornwall, south Wales, Essex, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire were among those affected. Two tractors caused long tailbacks into Aberdeen by driving slowly side by side along the A92 northbound.
Police escorted some of the blockades, only to block them at their turnaround points and make arrests. The PA News Agency reports a dozen motorists were detained after blocking traffic across the Prince of Wales Bridge between South Wales and Somerset. The Telegraph reported the bridge was hardest hit in the protest, with traffic closed for more than an hour.
“The right to protest under UK law must be balanced with the rights of the wider community who may be affected,” said Gwent police chief superintendent Tom Harding. UK authorities say the protests threaten to impede the response of emergency services.