Thursday, 22 March 2012

Osborne's pasty tax hidden in the budget

Some hours now after people are looking into the fine details of George Osborne's budget it has been revealed that VAT will be added to hot takeaway goods. That means pasties! So if and when this legislation is introduced your £2.50 medium steak pasty will now be £3 and your £3 large steak pasty will be £3.60. So that's money out of ordinary decent Cornish folks pockets, a blow to our bakers and hardly great news for tourism. The government is undertaking a consultation and it will be the test of Cornwall's MPs if for once they put Cornwall and our national cuisine before the desires of their parties. As far as I am aware this is the nearest to Cornwall getting a specific mention in the budget, how hollow the words "MPs at the heart of the government" now sound.