And food, too, should be taxed. Food is so cheap that the recycling mafia is making a whole industry on the basis of the volume that we throw away. People, especially the 'poor', have grown so used to cheap, available food with no preparation that they have forgotten how to cook. I eat extremely well but very cheaply, being an enthusiastic and skilled artist in the kitchen. Lunch yesterday was a Croque Cheval and a can of beer. A slow-roasted pork belly provides dinner and sandwiches for three days. The cheapest beef shin and skirt transforms into a rich and succulent Goulash after three hours in a slow oven. And once you can make a simple roux, then every pasta sauce you care to create is yours for pence, incorporating whatever scraps and left-overs you have in the fridge. Toad-in-the-hole with crisp golden risen batter on the top and a softer, juice-soaked base is one of our great dishes, made for loose change. No, VAT on food won't be a hardship.
Even a higher rate of VAT on alcohol and tobacco won't hurt me. Tax avoidance by personal shopping elsewhere in the EU, or even home brewing and fermentation are simple.
OK, let's bring it on.