According to the papers this morning Gordon Brown is going to embark on a 'personal crusade' to bring down the price of oil by traveling to the Middle East and trying to convince them that they don't (excuse the pun) have him over a barrel.
Putting aside the use of the term 'crusade' in relation to a Middle East trip, he really doesn't have to get on a plane to solve the problem. All he actually has to do is have a word in the ear of Alistair Darling and reduce the tax on the stuff.
Of course that will mean less money for the Treasury but it was money it didn't budget for having. So instead of spending shed load of money flying around the world, if Brown really wants to help people with the cost of fuel, lower the tax. Don't waste the fuel on the flight.