Fuel price rise delay
I am delighted that George Osborne has delayed a 3 pence per litre rise in fuel tax.
While it would have been even better if this rise could have been cancelled, at least the delay will give some relief to those who are being hurt by high petrol and diesel prices.
And he made the announcment where it should have been made, in the House of Commons on Tuesday.
The politicians who are attacking the government about which minister went on the Newsnight programme to make the announcement might better deploy their energies in discussing how we can get the economy moving again.
It doesn't matter one iota whether it was the Chancellor or the Economic Secretary to the Treasury who went on Newsnight to discuss fuel prices.
It matters rather more that the announcements was made in the Commons rather than to the press.
It matters most of all that fuel prices will not be going up, at least as soon. Let's hope the government can find room for manouver that will allow further changes. U-turns when they can be afforded are not a sign of weakness.