Calm down dears, it’s only a greasy, stodgy food source

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Since when did pasties become so important?

For the sake of the UK’s sanity, I hope today marks the start of a pasty-free period.

Ever since chancellor George Osborne announced that hot pasties would be subject to VAT, the outrage has been spectacular.

But hot food is already subject to VAT so this is no big deal. And if it stops people grazing from a paper bag in public, it will be a triumph.

What it’s not is an insult to our heritage. We’re talking about greasy stodge, not a life source.

That’s why I’d rather see Osborne admit he can’t remember the last time he was in Greggs, than Ed Miliband chomping on a steak slice as if it’s the very definition of a common man.