The cheering from the Conservative back benches when the Chancellor announced his change of heart on the proposed fuel tax increase this week was pure theatre. Only in Westminster would a panto-baddie be clapped for deciding not to take sweets from the kids after all. To his credit though, George Osborne went firmly onto the front foot, a deft move when simultaneously back-tracking. Without the intended 3p increase, he said; “fuel duty will be 10p a litre lower than planned by the last Labour government.” Grasping the moral high-ground, or simply clutching at straws, it’s still a welcome break to anyone with a set of car keys. However, stating that the move would “fuel our recovery” may be a claim too far from the Chancellor. Not actively making something less likely could only be deemed encouragement through highly creative interpretation.