29/6/2012 - Save yourself 3p until January
Did you know that, anywhere in Britain, you are only ever 2 minutes away from discussing the weather or the cost of fuel! And I've been talking about weather too much recently, so it's time to return to our old favourite subject of petrol prices.
This time the subject is back in the news because of the vaguely positive government announcement that they will postpone a 3p-a-litre rise in fuel duty in August for an entire 4 months until January next year.
The move comes after a campaign by some road users' groups, a national newspaper and others who argued the increase would damage the already struggling economy. Of course there have been many a fuel campaign (about one per tax rise) but this time the politicians were also questioning the move - Labour, the SNP, Plaid Cymru and MPs from other parties had threatened to force a Commons vote on the issue.
Those calling for the move to be delayed until next January stated that the cost - between £500m and £600m - could be covered by the underspend on the Olympics or by closing tax loopholes like the one that caused a certain comedian a bit of bother last week.
Of course, as with any topics of this nature, the subject quickly moves away from being only about the hard up motorists and turns political with all the parties making accusations and statements.
But here at Spoiler Towers I'm not interested in the posturing of Westminster, so instead I will cheer the move that might save some people a bit of money. I'll also remember wistfully back to the time when you could buy a tank of fuel for 3d and still have change for a tin of Spam on the way home!
Have a great weekend.
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