They include senior members of the Northern Research Group (NRG), made up of dozens of MPs in former “Red Wall” seats, who suggest that a 1p-2p hike in fuel duty would be “bearable”, providing it enabled investment in left behind areas.
Yes, normal politics does mean “if we have tax rises we’ve more to spend on pet projects”.
We’re not in normal times now. You’ve already spent all the money and more. Now the scramble is to pay for what you’ve already spent. This is much less fun as you’re about to find out.