Here's one for the Forum Economists.... It costs me about £100 to fill my 4x4 with diesel and from that roughly £70 is paid in tax to the treasury, which then means that I have £70 less to spend in other areas of the economy. The resulting effect being less spending and less jobs which in turn equals more being paid out in benefits. The circumference of the circle grows ever and ever bigger. Therefore, and I know that there's a fat chance that it'll ever happen, but given that a large proportion of peoples income goes on Fuel Tax, what would the effect on the economy be if the government were to drastically cut the Fuel Tax and as such, leave people with more money to spend.? Surely, as long as a very large warning shot was fired over the bows of the oil companies to prevent them from increasing fuel prices, and as long as the government could borrow enough cash to cover the short term drop in income, this would be as good as any way of getting people into work..