It never ceases to amaze me that the government refers to the motorist almost as though they were a separate entity to the rest of society. They are not, they are the majority of the adult population and therefore a huge proportion of the electorate. Sadly this rarely prevents us from being stung for huge amounts of tax on our fuel.
It was announced in this year's budget that there would be another, three pence per litre rise in fuel duty in August. It is worth remembering at this point that pretty much everything that you buy, from the bricks that built your house, to the food on your table, travels by road. A number of road user groups have run a campaign to point that fact out and try and convince the Chancellor that adding yet more burden on the beleaguered road users would further damage the economy.
The final straw that saved us though was the threat from the Labour Party to force a House of Commons vote on the subject.Today George Osborne announced that duty on fuel would be frozen for the rest of the year, adding that the government was "doing everything we can in very, very difficult economic circumstances" to help businesses and consumers.