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Elentarri's Book Blog 8 months ago
BrokenTune 8 months ago
You what, I was much less interested in the cake going stale / biscuits going soft thing than I was in the taxation issue and the reasoning behind it.

I love that the UK tax authorities consider cakes and biscuits a "necessity" rather than a "luxury" which is why the VAT applies to it. I also love that by the rule of exemption, chocolate cake or chocolate-covered cake is also a "necessity".

And then there is the gingerbread man issue:

"An equally eccentric VAT rule applies to gingerbread men. No VAT is charged if the figure has two chocolate spots for its eyes, but any chocolate-based additions, such as buttons or a belt, mean VAT is payable. So it’s cheaper to buy no-chocolate-frills gingerbread men."

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Buttons clearly are a luxury on baked goods, whereas a little bit of choclote is a necessity.


I like the book, but not as much as Czerski's. I'm missing some of the complex science. Not that I necessarily understand or remember all of it, but I miss thinking about details that Czerski provided but that seem to be less frequent in this book.

I did like the section on eggs, tho.
Murder by Death 8 months ago
Ok, that gingerbread man issue is both insane and hilarious! How much time did they spend debating those details, do you think? :)
Elentarri's Book Blog 8 months ago
I think the author has a TV show or something (think it is mentioned in the book?), so this is definately an introductory text that is supposed to link to that?
BrokenTune 8 months ago
I don't know, but I am sure that however much time this has been debated, it was a waste of tax payers' money.

Btw, I'm also reminded of the uproar a few years ago when the hot takeaway food tax ("pasty tax") came into being...

And of course, I have to admit I have spent far too much time already reading the official government guidance on VAT.

The Pasty Tax one is:
Elentarri's Book Blog 8 months ago
Taxes of any kind suck, but the ones on food are ridiculous.
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Btw, "Prawn crackers made from tapioca" are tax exempt. This is probably right ... as they aren't food...really.
Murder by Death 8 months ago
Well, it's definitely all ridiculous (and taxes of any kind DO suck), but I prefer the food tax controversies any day over the one everyone's been railing against here, which my parochial upbringing cringes at and blushes over every time it comes up.


Bring on the pasty controversy!! :D
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Oh, and also, I have news on the onion issue. I will post tonight.
Murder by Death 8 months ago
Oh! Looking forward to it! (I was going to tell you: I cut a red onion tonight and it didn't make my eyes water, but it burned my nose a bit - almost like horseradish. ??)