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Pump It Up

by | 3rd, June 2004

‘IT looks like the Government has hit upon a cunning plan to halt the meteoric rise of house prices, control pollution and fully integrate transport policy in a masterstroke of joined-up politicking.

‘Now push, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight…and work it…’

If the Telegraph is correct and Britain does have the most expensive petrol in the world (84p a litre), our cars will soon be more expensive to run than our homes.

So expensive will fuel be if the Chancellor is as good as his word and sticks a 1.9p-a-litre duty increase on petrol and diesel in September that no-one will be able to afford to drive.

We will all begin to live in our cars, which we will push from one destination to another (thereby checking obesity) in keeping with the speed of our trains.

But not everyone sees the light, and the Telegraph hears from Tory leader Michael Howard, who asks Gordon Brown to reconsider his policy.

Indeed, the Independent hears Howard say that he thinks that, if others want to voice their anger and engage in “protest in a peaceful way”, they should do so.

Howard says that the rise in fuel duty (which already provides £23bn to the Treasury each year) “would cause great hardship to many people and I would entirely understand should they wish

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