THERE we all are, worried about having the house repossessed when what does the Government do? Stick an extra 2.12p on a litre of petrol.
This is while MPs are milking the system of expenses and Home Secretary Jackie Smith has claimed for everything including the kitchen sink plus a plug to go in it – and I am not even going to mention her husband’s home entertainment preferences.
The rise in petrol prices will naturally have a knock-on effect on Joe Public who is still trying to come to terms with the excessive road tax he has to pay for his old motor without having any chance of exchanging it for a greener model because the bottom has dropped out of the second hand trade.
The AA says the petrol rise will undermine economic recovery. The Freight Transport Association predicts there could be more rises in the pipeline in the next Budget which would mean truck firms going out of business.
Corin Taylor, senior policy adviser at the Institute of Directors, said: "It is madness to be piling extra costs on firms in the middle of an economic crisis. Any further increases in fuel duty must be put on hold.’’
But perhaps we shouldn’t bother MPs with these little problems just now. After all, they have more important things under consideration, such as the plans to fill the black hole that has opened in their gold-plated final salary pension scheme.
Apparently, retired members are living too long and becoming a drain on the pension pot.
So what’s the answer?
MPs – whose basic salary before expenses is £64,766 a year – are being asked to contribute an extra £60-a-month towards the scheme while the taxpayer is being asked to supply the rest to the tune of £800,000 a year.
All to ensure that the Honourable Member with 20 years service can retire on a pension of about £30,000 per annum, unlike Joe who will probably have to work until he’s 73 and trade his Mondeo in for a pushbike.