Tampon tax? Not if you use them as chips at the casino

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Apparently there’s not enough in the world to be riled at currently so, apropos apparently nothing, someone decided to start a petition to demand tax on sanitary products for we girls be reduced to zero.

I suspect most chaps will have stopped reading this now but, for the girls and the enlightened, I shall carry on.

Tax on tampons, towels and liners is at five per cent, reduced by a Gordon Brown too embarrassed to announce it in his budget speech in 2007. It had been 17.5 per cent – at the time the top VAT for luxury items.

The government, which allows gambling to be VAT-free, insists these particular items are a luxury. But are they?

Are they any more of a luxury than VAT-free incontinence pads? I don’t think so.