Facts speak louder than Joseph’s gas

Published: November 4, 2012 at 8:29pm

They were going on about the exorbitant price of petrol and diesel in Malta, the other night. Well, here goes.


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Italy 1.804
Portugal 1.769
UK 1.722
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Greece 1.699
France 1.659
Belgium 1.648
Sweden 1.648
Finland 1.647
Germany 1.630
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Slovakia 1.577
Malta 1.510
Slovenia 1.499
Czech Rep 1.497
Hungary 1.487
Austria 1.450
Lithuania 1.426
Poland 1.390
Spain 1.373
Albania 1.368
Latvia 1.362
Bulgaria 1.332
Luxembourg 1.322
Cyprus 1.288
Romania 1.285
Estonia 1.282


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Italy 1.720
Sweden 1.695
Denmark 1.600
Ireland 1.559
Belgium 1.558
Finland 1.543
Portugal 1.539
Netherlands 1.537
Germany 1.535
Hungary 1.529
Slovakia 1.473
Czech Rep 1.461
Greece 1.457
France 1.449
Slovenia 1.419
Austria 1.400
Poland 1.383
Malta 1.380
Spain 1.379
Albania 1.361
Cyprus 1.355
Latvia 1.349
Romania 1.345
Estonia 1.329
Lithuania 1.325
Bulgaria 1.321
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25 Comments Comment

  1. canon says:

    Can Joseph Muscat guarantee that when he is prime minister, petrol in Malta will be the cheapest in Europe?

  2. Natalie says:

    What’s up with Muscat’s jaw? It’s always jutting out.

    And has anyone noticed how he always has the same facial expression?

    He moves his lips (albeit with as little movement as possible), but nothing more. Has he paid a visit to Jeffrey’s Botox clinic by any chance?

  3. David Farrugia says:

    How does Luxembourg maintain these prices? The country has the highest per capita income in Europe and they have rock bottom fuel prices.

    • Lestrade says:

      Perhaps because it’s a short trip to Belgium, Germany or France to fill up your car tank if pump prices in Luxembourg get out of line?

      • Ghoxrin Punt says:

        Actually it has always been the opposite. People have always driven from France, Germany and Belgium into Luxembourge to buy petrol. It’s known as the Continetal Sunday drive.

      • Lestrade says:

        If pump prices in Luxembourg are the same or higher than in neighbouring countries,the Sunday drive would be in the other direction.

  4. TROY says:

    Anglu, il-petlor rahas.

  5. Qeghdin Sew says:

    Apples and oranges.

  6. qahbu says:

    I love the way Joseph talks about international spot prices and tries to relate it to Malta.

    He explains that the price of diesel in Malta has not gone down as much as it did overseas and that we buy our fuel from the world not the moon.

    What he fails to explain is that we don’t walk into a shop and buy a bowser of fuel at that day’s spot price but we buy months in advance at negotiated prices that reflect trends in pricing and not actual pricing – for obvious reasons.

    If we did not do this we would not have a guaranteed supply – but go explain that to the man int he street that thinks as superficially as Joseph?

  7. anthony says:

    Never mind the jaws.

    It is what comes out from the gap between them that counts.

    So far….nothing.

    The country is waiting.

    With bated breath.

  8. Cloud 9 says:

    How is Joseph going to make up, if elected for w/e bills perhaps he is thinking about ex officio.

  9. Matthew says:

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change in Britain is about to publish a new energy bill. It is a pity that this is not being given any importance in the Maltese press especially considering that the Labour Party is campaigning solely on energy rates issues.

    The British government seems intent on, among other things, making a dash for gas, which from the little information leaked so far (the brouhaha about the power station extension not being gas powered and the other brouhaha about Sargas) is also what the Labour Party in Malta intends to do.

    This is being criticised for mainly two reasons:

    1) Although cleaner than for example coal, natural gas is still not as clean as renewable forms of energy like wind.

    2) Although the initial price of renewables is higher, natural gas prices in the long term are set to rise due to higher demand and the fact that most gas will need to be imported. Gas is thought to be prone to price shocks.

    In its long term-term forecast till 2030, Eurogas, whose role is to strengthen the use of gas in Europe, says:

    ‘Despite positive trends however, future demand increase may not be as strong as forecasted because of higher and more volatile natural gas prices.’

    One wonders how Joseph Muscat is going to guarantee low electricity rates with such forecasts.

    Some interesting links:




  10. WhoamI? says:

    Thing is that in the UK, prices change daily and no one moans. People hate it but just get on with it. Ah imma il-pagi izjed l-ingriterra. Ignorance.

  11. silvio farrugia says:

    Please do not compare us with the rest of Europe.

    We have wages and salaries the inhabitants of these lands get as unemployment benefit or as social assistance.

    These Europeans go to good restaurants, have about three holidays a year and a much much higher everyday life style than ours.

    [Daphne – Silvio, if you have a Maltese passport then you are a European too. And no, ‘these Europeans’ don’t all have a better way of life than all Maltese. Some do and some don’t, but all you have to do is consider the fact that fewer than 50% of married women work in Malta, which means that whole families are getting by, presumably perfectly well otherwise mother would be in the workplace, and that’s unheard of among ‘these Europeans’.]

    We get peanuts here and if one feeds peanuts one get monkeys as workers. No wonder everybody works half-heartedly here. Like the Soviets used to say “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.”

    Oh and by the way, most of their food and services are CHEAPER then ours. Keep telling us how good we are having it but we know if you do not know.

    [Daphne – Silvio, if you think you can’t cope with your bills here, trying living among ‘these Europeans’ and get a good dose of reality.]

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