Wel if you think Shell is ripping you of, then you must really appreciate the British Labour Governemnt that is not only ripping you off, but raping and pillaging you as well.
But is Shell doing well..... ?
Shell's record profits conceal problems
Much will be made of Shell's profits being a UK corporate record. The predicable knee-jerk calls for a windfall tax have already started.
But in the City, these results were a bit of a disappointment. The fourth-quarter earnings figure missed analysts' estimates, and the numbers reveal strains on production and refining. The next couple of years could be pretty turbulent for the world's number two listed oil company.
Output fell for a fifth straight year, a consequence this time round of losing assets in Russia's Sakhalin 2 project and the worsening problems in Nigeria that meant operations had to close.
Shell underlined its desperate need to find and produce more crude by hiking capital spending plans for this year to perhaps $29bn (no doubt funded by further disposals).
Shell has been a leader in moves towards uncoventional sources of oil and gas (Canada's oil sands, for example) but whether all this comes on stream quick enough to replace the end of "easy crude" no one can tell at the moment.
Full-year oil and gas production, including oil sands, fell to 3.32m barrels a day last year, compared with 3.47m barrels a day in 2006.
The company had previously expected full-year production of between 3.3m and 3.5m barrels a day.
Meanwhile, profits from refining fell 40pc, and will stay weak in 2008. The surge towards $100 oil in the last few months was great for Shell's record-breaking headline profits, but it masks operational problems. Today's figures have not eased pressure on Shell to deliver, but increased it.