Georgie's Pie Tax foundered yesterday in the Commons on the admission that a pie at 20deg when the air temperature is 22deg, as it was yesterday, would be free of VAT but the same pie would cost 20% more if the air temperature dropped to 19deg. It was clear at that point that Osborne has never visited a Greggs in his life; skilled though the staff are at serving a queue after sausage rolls and steak bakes, taking temperature readings every time they make a sale will surely be a task too far. Labour MP John Mann said "He has put taxes on cheap lager, caravans and pasties – all the things George Osborne doesn’t use himself. It’s almost as if the Budget was a personal tax plan for him and his friends."
A Mail editorial continued the theme;
Two points can be made with certainty about the Government’s plans to simplify and relax planning laws. One is that those who stand to gain most are get-rich-quick developers, who include some of the Conservative Party’s most generous donors. The other is that the biggest losers will be lovers of England’s countryside, among whom are numbered many of the Tories’ most loyal traditional supporters. Inevitably, therefore, many will detect a noxious whiff of corruption and betrayal ...The Mail, it seems, is out of love with Cameron's government - in contrast to the Telegraph, which has swiftly removed all yesterdays stories on Suppergate from its online edition. After ditching Heff for Hello! the poor old Torygraph really has lost its soul to the devil.