Quoting Edward Rowe, aka ‘Kernow King’, from his item in the Guardian newspaper of Monday 30th April, and alluding to the 1497 Cornish Uprising march, against the King’s Taxes among other grievances:
“On 29 April 2012, an uprising against the so-called “pasty tax” resulted in more than 700 people congregating in Falmouth to march from The Moor through the town to the gathering point on the harbour called Events Square.
In a freezing cold wind and rain that was whipping in over the sea, the proud marchers wore black and gold and their chants echoed through the historical port. All who attended hoped their voices would be heard in Westminster.
The march was of course in protest against this unworkable tax (the argument rages on about whether it applies to cold pasties and whether bakers can sell them cooled), but as with any Cornish event, it was a celebration.”
The tax would impact the enjoyment of one of Cornwall’s long time national dishes, and impact an industry worth around 100 million pounds to Cornwall. Imposition of a 20% Value Added Tax (VAT) would reduce jobs and revenue directly from Cornwall and move the tax revenue straight into the UK Treasury, to be spent mostly elsewhere!
Don’t forget to keep having your say – as those hundreds did in person on a foul wet and windy day – and as soon as possible.
Here are some photos from the day, and see more at: