It should be said at once that neither of the main parties have committed to extending the freeze in their manifestos – which offers both an opportunity to raise it post-election in order to help bring the deficit down.

That said, the freeze is the longest one in over 20 years, saving a family £10 each time their car is filled up.

This has been classic White Van George stuff from the Chancellor and, rather like the fall in council tax in real terms, it is something that a lot of voters have simply got used to.

They may have a rude awakening if Labour forms a government. Osborne’s record suggests that fuel duty won’t soar if he has another term at the Treasury.  But Ed Miliband’s intentions are unknown, and the last Labour Government raised fuel duty in line with inflation during most of its years in office.

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