I was telling people at the last election that if you put the price of diesel up you put the price of everything up. It really is that simple. but few people listned, and I take no satisfaction from the number of times I hear people say that things are so expensive these days (usually I hear it from the elderly, but increasingly from others).
I also had a not too expensive plan (in relative terms) to do something about it. The tories sniffed at it a bit and said it was interesting enough to pass on up, but nothing ever became of it.
But thats life in the big city for you...