In what has been correctly described as a transparent attempt to foment oil strike rhetoric, to then blame the resultant panic on Labour donor unions and Ed Miliband, minister Francis Maude told reporters that:

“A bit of extra fuel in a jerry can in the garage is a sensible precaution to take”

Cue people arriving at forecourts with plastic containers:

The storage of fuel in a home is potentially illegal.

[update text=”Experts have been quick to criticise the government for their hasty warnings.” time=”16:38″ id=”update”]

Edmund King, president of the AA, says:

“It’s totally inappropriate for people to panic-buy. No strikes have yet been announced and there is enough fuel out there as long as people do not fill up unnecessarily … It’s vital that people do not turn a rumour into a crisis.”

The Fire Brigades Union has also questioned the government’s advice. According to Matt Wrack, the FBU’s general secretary:

“This is not sensible advice and people should be discouraged from doing so. The general public does not properly understand the fire and explosion risk of storing fuel, even if it was done sensibly. ”

Meanwhile, former Top Gear man and fuel lobbyist Quentin Willson is characteristically pithy:

“Daft and dangerous”

  1. living in real world says:

    However ill-advised, his advice was to store a bit of petrol in a jerry can in the garage.
    Exact quote: “a bit of petrol in a jerry can in the garage is a sensible precaution to take”.
    This is not illegal. I trust you’ll put this clarification in your blog?

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