Friday, March 06, 2009

Snake oil from Sandra

Sandra Gidley is the Lib Dem MP for Romsey in Hampshire, and she is a steaming hypocrite. Like all of her breed she sees an audience and tailors her message for it. It wouldn't surprise me if, finding herself in the deep south she might say a few things not entirely unsuportive of lynching.

Why so rude you say? Well she has just given and interview for the Southampton Echo where she calls for reduction of duty for beer sold in pubs,

“The Government needs to take action to save our locals now. Tax on beer sold in pubs has to be lowered immediately."
Well hold didn't I report a couple of days ago that the Minister had confirmed that this would be illegal under European Law,

On the thorny issue of alcohol tax, Treasury minister Angela Eagle said she was in "Budget purdah" so couldn't go into details.But she said: "I hear what you say about the [duty] escalator and lets keep up theconversation."

She rejected calls for lower alcohol tax for drinks sold at pub compared to supermarkets, saying it would be illegal under EU law."It's not legal to have different tax rates for some products based on where it is sold.

"EU kinks do constrain us."

What really winds me up is of course the Lib/Dems supported the legislation that makes differential tax rates illegal. And she knows this. So all she is doing is holding out false hope to people whose business's are up the spout (25% of Southampton's pubs have closed since the introduction of the smoking ban). The rest are desperate, and this sort of thing from a politician is just cruel.

She also seems to have bit of writers block. This is what she says in today's paper,
“I hope too that residents across Southampton will get down to their locals and show their support for our great British pubs”
This is what she said last June
I hope too that residents across the Test Valley will get down to their locals and show their support for our great British pubs."
And here is another one
"I hope too that residents across Hampshire will get down to their locals and show their support for our great British pubs"
So that is Hampshire, the Test Valley and Southampton all cared for. Oh and as a

If you do care about pubs go here



Apparently it is legal to have different tax rates for the same thing in different places,especially beer,the europeans pay a lot less than we do in this country,the same goes for tobacco,that is the eussr for you ,we did not even get a drink and a smoke out of our membership.

Gawain Towler said...

But not in a single tax jurisdiction

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Remember the contempt towards the ne seat campaign?