What, then, of George Osborne’s pantomime U-turn on some of the most unpopular elements of March’s budget? Within minutes of its announcement, the story had been largely reduced to that of the “pasty tax”, which allowed those delivering it to make arch reference to sausage rolls, the all-pervading modern whiff of hot pastry, and the arcane complexities of what’s now VAT-able, and what’s not. “Food such as sausage rolls or pasties sold on shelves – that is, cooling down, rather than being kept hot in a special cabinet – will not be liable,” said the BBC; according to the Independent, “hot chickens wrapped in heat-retaining packaging sold in supermarket rotisseries” will still be clobbered. While a Thick Of It-esque Treasury minister called David Fauke tried to gloss over a self-evident shambles, all was metropolitan mirth. Last night’s newspaper review on Sky News was as good an example as any: one panellist – oh, all right then, the Times’s David Aaronovitch – said the story, and the amount of revenue involved, was “comical”. And, as with just about every other media outlet, Sky relegated the accompanying story of the so-called “caravan tax” to a mere afterthought. They were not alone, and… Read full this story
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