IT WILL come as little shock to many that the seemingly unstoppable rise of fuel prices is about to hit new heights.
The soaring cost of crude oil, the latest increase in fuel duty and doubtless the comparative weakness of the pounds with which we pay for it are all, are reeled off as the facts behind astronomical figures.
What is most painful about the record petrol prices already hitting our wallets and purses is that they are not finished yet.
Records, it seems, are set to be broken in the fuel industry just as everywhere else.
And the gloomy, or realistic view, depending on your outlook, is that what might be a record 117p to 120p on local forecourts today may well be history in coming weeks with no sign of the price of filling our tanks going anywhere but up.
And this is not just an issue for us all to have a good moan about with family and colleagues.
Fuel prices are one of the elements that feed inflation. Pennies at the pumps have the potential to stoke up the percentage points and slow down the economy.
The politicians keep telling us that a financial brake is the last thing our recovering economy needs. So if fuel prices are such a crucial driver of our economic well-being why doesn’t one of the parties pledge to do something about them?