Over A Barrel

Fed up with soaring gas prices, Europeans revolt, blockading their own supplies

Who knew New Labour--not to mention Britain--would be brought to its knees by the shared frustration of workingmen? Grassroots revolt may have a long history there, but it wasn't supposed to happen in Tony Blair's Cool Britannia.

Yet the Prime Minister abruptly found himself the prime target of an infuriated nation last week when stoic Brits reached the end of their patience over extravagant fuel prices and the country ran out of gas. A mere handful of truckers and farmers--not more than 2,500--shut down the world's fourth largest economy, blockading refineries and supply depots, emptying nearly every filling station, propelling panicked...

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