Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Monday, 29 March 2010

Wurzels "I'm a Cider Drinker" Campaign

Found on Guthrum's Place

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Maybe there's more to this very selective tax than meets the eye, as pointed out in the Mail
Duty on cider is being increased by a staggering ten per cent above inflation – which means a pint could become up to 20p more expensive.

There’s more politics to this than you might think. The cider-producing counties of England are largely in Tory or Lib Dem constituencies, where Labour don’t get a look in – so it’s an easy hit for Darling.

Can you really imagine Labour imposing a similar inflation-busting tax rise on Newcastle Brown Ale or Boddington’s ‘Cream of Manchester’?
And, as one of the commenters points out
Why tax cider rather than anything else?

Why not add additional duty to all imported alcoholic drinks instead?
A valid point.


paulo said...

Boddingtons - "The Cream of Manchester"- is now "brewed" in Wales. Still, your argument is just as good for Wales.

(A fine beer many years ago but dreadful now.)


Mrs Rigby said...

I didn't know that, I was just quoting the article. Thanks for the information.