Fuel Duty cut? Pah. How else the Government is shafting you.
So, now we’ve all had a lovely weekend with our cheap fuel do we love the Government again? Are they our bestest buddies? Thought not. Any you know why? Because they are thieving so and sos.
Remember our saddo in the Ford Focus? Well according to analysis by Parkers, the motor specialists people who make those little books that tell you how much your car is worth, he is probably going to be even sadder in a couple of weeks time.
You see, according to their figures, our typical Ford Focus driver who drives 10,000 miles will save the whopping amount of £10.81 with the 1p cut, but will have to pay £165 instead of £155 for his annual road tax. The mathematicians among you will have worked out that the overall saving, therefore, is just 81p a year. Thanks George.
And of course, that 81p in your pocket assumes that the crafty so and sos at your local petrol station didn’t surreptitiously slip an extra penny on to the price on Tuesday night just so they could take it off again on Wednesday. Twitter says this happened, so it must be true.
Affordable alternatives for travel within the UK are few and far between. Train fares are already extortionate (and they can't even blame it on VAT) and once the new high speed trainlines go in, the Government will need to recoup the huge cost somehow. Budget airlines are likely to lose out domestically; EasyJet are cancelling their daily Newcastle/Stansted route because East Coast trains are introducing a direct service from Newcastle to London. That pretty much gives East Coast the monopoly; a return ticket on the day is between £110 and £197.
So you either pay the train companies their pound of flesh or you have to do the 550 mile/ten hour round trip in your car to save £40+, but keep the Treasury coffers filled in the process. Ever feel you can't win?