YOU CAN AF­FORD TO DRIVE TO WORK, GE­ORGE... BE­CAUSE WE PAY YOUR PETROL BILL

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CHAN­CEL­LOR Ge­orge Os­borne will make the short hop from 11 Down­ing Street to the House of Com­mons for his Bud­get Speech to­day, in his chauf­feured gov­ern­ment-is­sue Jaguar. And it won’t cost him a penny. Be­cause, un­like you and I, Ge­orge - who comes from a fam­ily of mil­lion­aires - gets his drive to work PAID FOR. Out of OUR taxes. Bri­tish tax­pay­ers shell out the thick end of £4mil­lion ev­ery year to pro­vide our po­lit­i­cal rulers with cars and chauf­feurs to ferry them about their busi­ness. The same po­lit­i­cal rulers who REFUSE to cut the duty on petrol and diesel, a tax on travel that is mak­ing the com­mute to work too ex­pen­sive for many.

And the prob­lem looks set to get worse un­less Mr Os­borne uses to­day’s Bud­get to SCRAP Au­gust’s planned in­crease in fuel duty.

Un­af­ford­able

Be­cause new fig­ures show that work­ers are be­ing priced out of jobs – as they can­not af­ford the drive to work.

Of 16,647 AA mem­bers polled, by poll­sters Pop­u­lus, 4% said they would change jobs to re­duce mileage if the 3.02p duty in­crease is not scrapped. While 3% would have to aban­don their job al­to­gether be­cause of un­af­ford­able travel costs.

Skilled ser­vice and man­ual work­ers are most at risk, with 9% fear­ing for their em­ploy­ment should the duty rise take place.

South­ern Eng­land, the Mid­lands and North West are the regions where there is most con­cern about jobs, the sur­vey showed.

The planned in­crease will push petrol prices up to around 145p a litre, with diesel ris­ing to 150p.

Those polled were asked what would be the ef­fect of such prices, with 63% say­ing they would cut back on car use, 18% would cut back on gro­cery shop­ping and 23% would aban­don or de­lay the pur­chase of fur­ni­ture, home im­prove­ments or lux­ury items.

Back­fire

AA pres­i­dent Ed­mund King said: “Pump prices that many peo­ple can’t af­ford means lost high street spend­ing, higher trans­port costs, ris­ing in­fla­tion, lost tax from lower fuel sales, lost tax from busi­nesses go­ing bust, lost tax from work­ers los­ing their jobs and a big­ger un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fit bill.

“A hike in fuel costs at the start of the hol­i­day sea­son will back­fire as many peo­ple are al­ready cut­ting back.”

Yet de­spite mo­torists fac­ing high­er­ever taxes, the gov­ern­ment now want to PRI­VA­TISE our roads.

That means su­per­high­ways will be built for the mega-rich – and, we pre­sume, gov­ern­ment min­is­ters.

While the rest of us will be forced to crawl at a snail’s pace along jammed, rut­ted tracks – and still pay a king’s ran­som for the priv­i­lege.

Bri­tain’s mo­torists are not ask­ing for a free ride.

They are sim­ply ask­ing for their money’s worth.

And they are sick of get­ting ripped off by gov­ern­ment min­is­ters who think a free ride in a posh car is their God-given right.

SIT­TING PRETTY: Ge­orge Os­borne in his paid-for

limo

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