Cornish pastry fans chow down on reverse ferret – Tory U-turn
CORNISH pastries go free! The Government has reversed ferret on its pastry tax. From now on minced lamb, beef and that ferret will not cost an extra 20% if served above room temperature. Only pastries served from the hot plate will be subject to VAT – not ones that just happen to be hot from the oven and are being left to cool to the ambient temperature.
A Liberal Democrat MP named Stephen Gilbert, who represents Newquay, where McDonald’s outsells the pasty by eight to one, tells the BBC:
“The Cornish people have won and there will be dancing in streets from Land’s End to the Tamar as people hear that the government has dropped its plans to clobber local people and local businesses with this tax.”
Meanwhile, rumours that the Government had meant to tax bankers and that a typo lay behind the bakers tax are thought to be wide of the mark.