Ruth Porter writes for the Daily Telegraph
Of course, one of the benefits of our electoral system is that the concerns of local areas of the country are represented in Parliament, but crucially those interests should not be acted on against the best interest of the country as a whole. Exceptions for VAT are a clear case in point. Put simply, it was the situation before that wasn’t fair, not the one that’s been created now. The problem isn’t that the Budget removed various exemptions; it is that it did not remove them all.
Britain’s VAT system is a mess, with arbitrary exceptions all over the place. In recent years this has led to absurd legal battles over whether Pringles are crisps and whether Jaffa Cakes are cakes or biscuits.
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