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Watch Os­borne drive us car-azy over cheap fuel THIS WEEK?

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EN­JOY­ING those “cheap” prices at the petrol pump? Well, bet­ter make the most of it.

Be­cause it turns out that Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer Ge­orge Os­borne has once again got his sums wrong – and you’re the ones who’ll have to pay for it.

An in­de­pen­dent think tank has found a gap­ing £3bil­lion black hole in Os­borne’s spend­ing plans – which is go­ing to have to be found from some­where. promised to keep a freeze on fuel duty.

So what the Chan­cel­lor will most likely have to do now is in­tro­duce an in­fla­tion-based rise in­stead – af­ter which he’ll claim duty is still tech­ni­cally “frozen” and then stick his fin­gers in his ears while singing “la la la”.

It’s not as though our sup­pos­edly “cheap” petrol is ac­tu­ally any­thing of the sort.

Sure, it was nice to see one of our lo­cal su­per­mar­kets of­fer­ing un­leaded at 99p a litre on Mon­day.

Didn’t we all cel­e­brate as we filled our ve­hi­cles to the brim!

But when you re­mem­ber that around 73 per cent of that 99p goes di­rectly into the Trea­sury cof­fers, you re­alise we’re STILL get­ting taxed to the hilt.

Worse still, the ex­act prod­uct at the ex­act same vol­ume – just one litre – costs on av­er­age about 36p in the petrol-guz­zling United States of Amer­ica.

And while nowhere near as rea­son­able as across the pond, our Euro­pean Union neigh­bours in France, Ger­many and Spain pay less for their petrol than we do, too.

Not such a fan­tas­tic deal for UK driv­ers af­ter all, eh.

So pre­pare for Os­borne’s weird eyes glow­er­ing out from a TV screen near you very soon – ly­ing through his care­fully man­i­cured teeth about why he’s so un­be­liev­ably crap at maths.

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