A delighted St Austell and Newquay MP Stephen Gilbert writes for the Total Politics website about the repeal of the so called “pasty tax” which had attracted huge opposition in Cornwall.
But despite the inevitable inclination to baton-down the hatches the government did engage with the industry and understood the clear constituency interest of its own MPs. The alternative actually delivers the bulk of what the government intended without any of the negative impacts: all the upside with none of the economic downside.
There’s no doubt that caravans and pasties were unforced errors. Hindsight is a great thing and nobody claims a monopoly of wisdom. Opposition can snipe, but here’s the thing, and whisper it quietly, the government listened to the people and Parliament – that’s surely a good thing?
You can read the article in full here.
Just as an aside, A Lanson Boy is quick to correct the Telegraph for its statement that Conservative MP George Eustice was the leader of the campaign against the Pasty Tax.
George, like his fellow Cornish MPs, all backed the key amendment to the budget debate, but this was put forward by St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Gilbert, who also arranged the debate last week to keep the pressure up – a debate that Mr Eustice didn’t even attend.
As with any successful campaign, there was no one leader of this one. As mentioned in my last post, people like Kernow King, Steve, John Endacott, the Western Morning News (and the Sun), and I played a key role from start to finish but it was a wider campaign than any single one of us