OUR new Chancellor will commit political suicide if he hikes fuel tax next month.

The cost to Sun readers would be huge. An average family, already shouldering the highest tax burden in decades, would pay an extra £43 a year.

Even that pales into insignificance against a White Van Man’s £270 or a trucker’s eye-watering £763.

Such rises have disastrous effects on the economy as that cost is passed on.

That’s why successive chancellors have swerved them in their Budgets during our ten-year Keep It Down campaign.

Boris Johnson’s aides may want to get unpopular decisions out of the way. But this one would not be forgotten.

Fuel rises can seem insignificant to Londoners mainly using the Tube.

The Tories’ new voters elsewhere, plagued by ropey public transport and far more reliant on the roads, won’t see it that way.

And if No10 believe it will incentivise them to buy an electric motor instead, they have another think coming.

Especially while they are so pricey, have woeful mileage ranges and rely on charging infrastructure that’s all but non-existent.

Besides, the case for ANY tax rise ­collapses while our idiotic foreign aid law still compels us to give away £14.6billion a year and counting.

Low taxes are supposedly the Tories’ main selling point.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak must ensure they go down, not up . . . and fuel a post-Brexit boom.

Sting drivers instead and he’ll slam the brakes on the economy.





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