George Osborne’s ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ Moment
George Osborne’s pasty tax is bad enough, but to say poor people should buy them cold shows just how insensitive this government and the Tory party are.
What many people forget is that VAT replaced the over-complicated Purchase Tax that had different rates for varying goods and was designed to be a tax on luxury goods, the idea being that those that could afford luxury goods could afford a luxury tax; the problem is, if VAT were only applied to luxury goods, it would have to be at a much higher rate to return the same amount of revenue it does today; rather than do that to the hard-hit millionaires, VAT is extended to goods I would hardly call a luxury, so once again the poor bear a disproportionate share of the tax burden.
We are seeing more and more none-luxury goods attracting VAT; domestic gas and electricity; now hot food bought at a bakery.
They have done this very cleverly; though the fresh-baked bread from Sainsbury’s goes on the shelf warm, it won’t attract VAT because it is meant to be eaten cold. (So are the Cornish Pasties); but the Tories won’t want to upset big players like John Sainsbury, do they?
People, we are being ravaged by the coalition; the Lib Dems are ineffectual, for all their thundering about what they have done in government; the Tories couldn’t care less about anybody that isn’t a millionaire or below the six-figure income bracket; and don’t for one minute think your local Tories are any different. Make the forthcoming local elections in May your chance to protest. Use your vote for anybody but the Tories or Lib Dems. Even if you can’t find a suitable candidate, write ‘ABSTAIN’ across your ballot paper. Show them we have had enough!