that prompted my admittedly terse response was that high oil prices make our government happy - which is plainly ludicrous. Sustained high oil prices mean higher inflation, and that's obviously undesirable, both for government and citizen.
F.E may I add to your point about inflation, that this great government of ours don't ever give us the real inflation figures. They exclude so many of the real cost of living items so we never really get the truth. As politicians do, they don't lie, they just don't tell the truth!
National Statistics do, and as far as I am aware no political part questions them click here You will see CPI and RPI.
But as it has been pointed out so many times price increases affect different people in different ways. Someone on a low income may feel food price increases more acutely than say someone better off who may in turn complain about the cost of petrol.