Evil American sandwich empire Subway have decided to endanger British citizens’ entitlement to free healthcare by suggesting that toasted sandwiches aren’t hot food and shouldn’t be liable to VAT.
This is totally morally repugnant.
Who eats a cold toastie? Nobody.
Parliament has always intended that a toasted sandwich is eaten whilst it is hot.
On the other hand pasties are intended by Parliament to be allowed to cool and congeal before consumption. That’s why George Osborne’s sacrilegious attempt to subvert the Will of Parliament was rebuffed by thousands of Courageous pastry vendors and pastie aficionados.
Of course, if you eat a pastie when it is still hot, you are committing a form of illegal tax avoidance. You should have asked for a cold pastie if you intended to eat it straight away or demanded to be charged VAT.
But putting the moral pitfalls of eating a hot savoury pastry snack to one side, the position on bread-delivered foodstuffs was always intended to be as HMRC maintain it is ever since the invention of the sandwich.
Subway’s selfish attempt to knock a few pence off their retail prices and keep a few more as profit (I have always maintained that VAT is suffered by both parties to the transaction, always) means that the government will need to viciously sack 25,000 nurses.
What Subway are doing may be legal, but it is totally immoral and unconscionable.
I have never eaten at Subway but I shall now do so pointedly. I am officially boycotting them.