I fancied a hot pork sandwich today, ok they're £2 but what the hell, lets
live a little. Hmmm, they're now £2.40 thanks to the guvmint. That's 8 old
shilling, nearly half a quid extra. I'll be damned if I buy another one. In
their wisdom, the guvmint has added vat to things which are kept warm and
sold at a temperature higher than ambient. If they're not kept warm and are
cooling down, no vat (so Greggs are ok with the pasties). Brilliant. Might
be interesting to see what happens with fish'n'chip shops. Presumably
chinese takeaways are ok since its cooked to order and isn't kept warm.
Shirley frozen stuff should have vat also? The shops are keeping it frozen
for us, it isn't warming up.
Pity the govmint have no idea of the real world. Bring on the election,
can't wait to vote for my mate David.
Seems fair enough really. As said take-away food (luxury item) has been
subject to VAT for a while, whereas other food (an essential) has not.
If your hot curry, chips or special fried rice are subject, little
unfair that the take-away hot pasty is not?!
To get the attributions straight, In the post ss replied to, I was
pointing out that takeaway hot meals had been subject to VAT for quite
some time. I did not mention my voting intentions, that was in the post
I was replying to.
The problem with the new VAT rules is that if Greggs (Other bakers are
available) sell me a pasty that just happens to have come straight out
of the oven and is hot, it is a VAT zero rated item, whereas if they let
it cool down and then put it in a microwave to warm it up, or put in a
hot cupboard to keep it hot for a while, they have to charge 20% VAT on
the exact same product, namely a hot pasty. If they let it cool down to
room temperature and sell it at that temperature, then there is likewise
a zero rate of VAT on it.
If they sell the pasty to the shop next door, as I understand it, the
sale is subject to 20% VAT (Business to business sale). If the other
shop sell it cold, it is now VAT zero rated, so the shop has to recover
the VAT paid from the taxman. On the other hand, if the other shop has a
microwave on the premises for heating pasties, and either the staff or
the customer use it, the pasty then becomes subject to 20% VAT again.
An insane set of rules...
When you've taken the wife around the local council estates to collect
Provident Cheque repayments and are met with the wife of the household (with
a couple of snotty nosed kids [hubby is in the boozer]) saying "come back
next week we have no money", you think they'll vote tory?
I vote for a person. When I was deselected I couldn't bring
myself to vote for my party's choice of my replacement, based
on comparing known histories of him and the other candidates.
I voted for somebody else who from knowning their work in the
community over the previous years I felt would be a better
replacement for me than him.
Didn't work, he got elected anyway, then a few of weeks
later promptly defected over to the other party anyway.
Even if I'm wrong, who but the equally pompous would vote for Kenneth
(pompous, I'm not listening to you) Clarke besides Sainsburys shoppers?
Shirley Sainsbury = (lets pay a bit more) Tory, Asda = (how much? they can
piss off) Labour?
Yes, bollocks to the party line. Especially important if who
you vote for can't change the control of the council, like
this year where it was a choice of Labour staying in control
or Labour increasing their majority.
I was in the position - increasingly rare nowadays - of being
able to observe the actions of three of the candidates (one was
a parish councillor, two were active on the community forum, I'd
worked with all three of them myself) and was able to come to a
judgement of who to vote for based on their actions and on my
assessment of how effective they would be as a city councillor.
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