Angela Eagle Obfuscates
Motoring and business groups have united in condemning the Government after it denied it had enjoyed a multi-billion pound windfall from the soaring price of oil.
Ministers provoked further anger by rejecting pleas to shelve a planned rise of 2p per litre in fuel duty.
Motoring groups said the rising price of oil is benefiting the Treasury by as much as £4billion.
But Angela Eagle, a junior Treasury minister, said: "The Government rejects the notion that there is a windfall, as any increase in VAT receipts from the retail fuel sector is not by design."
Angela, of all the slippery excuses we have heard from NuLabour that is the most brazen;
An unexpected profit from a business or other source. The term connotes gaining huge profits without working for them — for example, when oil companies profit from a temporary scarcity of oil.
If it wasn't "unexpected" it wouldn't be a "windfall" - and when the privatised utilities made "windfall profits" Gordon was quick to grab them to waste on his welfare to work scheme.