Monday, July 04, 2005

VAT on print materials

Did you know that Her Majesty allows many print materials to be exempt from VAT? I'm told that this has been done partly to promote press freedom and suchlike.

This is a sin that cries to heaven for vengence. As part of the UK Presidency of the EU, I'd like Mr Blair to work towards a consensus that any newspapers that lie all of the time should have this exemption rescinded for 12 months.

I was going to suggest that they should be first convicted by a jury of their peers, but, on reflection, it would be cruel and unusual to make anyone go before a jury of journalists.

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