Paper Round

Paper Round found no shortage of material in the land of plenty this week. As petrol prices in the US approach the giddy heights of $4 a gallon (44p a litre), a religious group in Michigan has set up a petrol kitchen for the poor. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, any American earning less than $21,000 (£10,500) a year can dip his ladle into the apparently bottomless well of 'gas' provided by the Free Gas USA programme and fulfil his divine right to drive 50 miles to his favourite hamburger joint in a six-litre truck. "We're perpetual," said the programme's leader - whom Paper Round can't help thinking has had a few tips from Him Upstairs about turning water into more marketable commodities. "As long as there's a need, we'll be here, the Lord willing."

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