Eddie West, manager of accounting services, systems and vehicle fleet at Honeywell Control Systems, said Tony Blair would have no desire to take radical steps which would damage the party's popularity. He said: 'I do not think Blair will want to suddenly get into an unpopularity contest by increasing duty on fuel dramatically.'
Somerfield Stores commercial manager Brian Tomlin said: 'I just hope they do not meddle too much with duties on fuels - that would impact initially on us and on inflation, but I do not think they will come straight in and risk criticism for doing that.'
Director of J D C Training Andrew Arnold, forecast a bleak outlook for British industry in general. He said: 'I cannot believe the British electorate can be so gullible. I just hope the Labour party do something positive or they will be out within five years. I have an international business and it will not effect me, but I feel sorry for the average British business.'