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HE HATES THE POOR
on pork scratchings, single gold earrings, bar soap and polyester tracksuits as well.
Pimms strangely untouched.
The Sun reports this morning “David Cameron slams 10% cider tax” or, for the hard of thinking: “Cam slam for 10% cider”:
DAVID Cameron shows his support for cider drinkers yesterday – by downing a pint of the West Country’s finest.
The Tory leader spoke up for cider lovers after Chancellor Alistair Darling hit the drink with a ten per cent rise in duty.
On a visit to Devon – the heart of Britain’s cider country – Mr Cameron said: “Taxing all cider so heavily is wrong. The Government has made a big mistake.
“They don’t understand the West Country, they don’t understand this part of our country and they’ve got it wrong.
“We need to address problem drinks with a dangerously high strength, like White Lightning, which have as much relation to an apple as I do with Gandhi.
“That shouldn’t include a typical pint of cider that people like to drink down the pub.”
There is a problem with this. White Lightning’s producers announced its withdrawal from manufacture in 2009. It will be “delisted” from 31st March 2010 - (OK if you’re splitting hairs – it’s got four days to go. However, White Lightning ceased to be “super-strength” when its ABV was reduced from 7.5% to 5.5% – and therefore out of the scope of the Tory tax plan - in May 2009).
Oh, and I hope that the cider he was drinking wasn’t above 5.5% ABV, because he wants to increase the tax on it, if it was. Before Cam gets too carried away, perhaps he should read this article from the National Association of Cider makers: “Cider industry dismayed by Tory plans“. The association fears particularly that the Tory plans to tax cider above 5.5% ABV will ”include nearly all the premium and artisan ciders produced by smaller scale producers”. So, in other words, as a summary, the Tory plans will leave mass-produced (some might say “rubbish”) cider below 5.5% out of their extra tax plans, but tax those specialist ciders that take a lot of skill, love and craft to produce as well, of course, as those ciders, like White Lightning, which don’t exist (from next Wednesday).
i'd wager that nearly all proper 'indie' west country cider is well above 5.5% abv
Well I'm convinced by his first-hand knowledge. I will vote Conservative because of this. It doesn't matter if he said it through gritted teeth and whilst looking to the left. Keep grinding out those vote-winning sentences Dave.
Dave would *never* look to the left.