Any derogation lasts only until 2011 and is a mere 3% cut in duty, so to flag up a fuel duty reduction scheme as being a lasting solution is nonsense.
But he is right to say that the Argyll & Bute MPs have been making a consistent case (albeit quite poorly) as even our two representatives acknowledge that they have been running a fuel duty reduction
Conversely, as Donald Manford rightly points out, there has been some resistance from some members to campaigning against Westminster (Labour) policies and this has not helped to force our MP and MSP to be made to make the case.
All in all, we are our own worst enemies in this, and instead of bitching about the detail of who said what, let us build a campaign for the abolition of fuel duty in the islands. Stuff the expiration of the derogation in 2011 and let us force the Government to seek a new derogation for the UK to allow all islands to be exempt from duty and VAT - Spain has this for the Canaries, so why not for equally economically challenged parts of the UK?
Let us aim high and challenge others to deny us.