Brandy for the Parson, 'Baccy for the Clerk.The Burghers of Calais and the French government are set to do very well from Darling if he follows all the advice he's being offered today.
Laces for a lady; letters for a spy,
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by!
I haven't paid a penny in ciggy tax to the UK Treasury in 11 years. My regular 6-weekly shopping trips across the channel, to stock the larder as well as the cellar and humidor, leave me buying little more than fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish in the UK. And shirts, of course; even the French can't make shirts to compare with Jermyn Street.
And now I plan to rent an allotment. I've calculated I can grow an entire year's worth of Virginia tobacco on a single allotment plot, and it seems I'm not alone. The interweb is busy with websites offering advice, encouragement, seeds and practical tips for legal growing, curing and storage of home-grown tobacco in the UK. And no doubt home wine and beer-making will show a similar increase in interest for the law-abiding and practically-minded.
For those more indolent souls, and those who don't mind paddling in illegality, there will always be the smugglers.