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UK sausage roll tax hard to digest

2012-03-28 19:04

London - The British government's intention to tax the humble sausage roll when served hot has opened a new front in the country's never-ending class war.

Finance Minister George Osborne announced on Wednesday he intended to close a loophole which allowed some fresh-baked takeaway items - including pies, Cornish pasties, a regional speciality, and sausage rolls - to escape sales tax.

The new tax has been criticised by some as an attack by the Conservative-led government on working class life.

The announcement caused the shares in Greggs bakeries, a fast-food purveyor of 140 million sausage rolls per year, to fall by 5.5% the next day.

Feeling the heat, Prime Minister David Cameron declared on Wednesday: "I am a pasty eater myself."

Comments
  • wnemay - 2012-03-28 19:58

    In California we pay a tax on heated food, we also pay a tax if you eat-in and don't take your food as a take-away.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-03-28 20:00

    I wonder what ponytail dreamed that one up?

  • PieterWolf - 2012-03-28 20:01

    Plain crazy...

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-03-28 20:58

    Stupid Poms!

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-03-28 21:08

    expect to see a lot more of these idiotic taxes as governments all over the world struggle keep their heads above water.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-03-28 21:32

    the west is purely loosing the plot on taxes.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-03-29 05:00

    What's next? A tax for sitting on the crapper? The Brits are becoming ridiculous in their quest for income! What's next? A tax on tax! Loony Tunes!!

  • Mary - 2012-03-29 06:49

    Maybe it's just to get people to eat less junkfood?

  • DSBennie - 2012-03-29 07:43

    It is sales tax people, VAT, we pay it on everything other than essentials like bread, milk ect, why should something like pastry be exempt???

      hdbrink - 2012-03-29 08:59

      Pasties / pies are staple food in UK that is why it is exempt until now. As you rightly point out they can also just stick to bread which will probably make sense to their economic slump as well.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-29 12:12

    And Britain and the US lord themselves as protectors of the free? obviously the word Democracy has been perverted beyond recognition. As I have always said is it not time for ordinary people to stop avoiding their duties to their loved ones and start taking control back from the oppressive government dictatorships they live in? Any semblance of freedom or rights were lost in the 40's and our current "democracies" are nothing more than the old feudal system disguised as freedom. I wonder how the devil survives with all those government officials and priests he has to contend with in hell?

      Fred - 2012-03-29 12:41

      Hey man, this is about closing a small sales tax loophole. Your freedom crusade seems a little misplaced, don't you think.

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