Osborne’s Pie Tax Is Yet Another Attack On The Poor

Still reeling from the news that coppers are to face annual fitness tests, Greggs Bakery have been hit again with Osborne’s Pie Tax.

Greggs are workfare using scum who deserve little sympathy.  They leech money from both their workers and customers alike.  That’s capitalism.  This move will also hit local independent bakeries, if you can still find one.  They are capitalists as well, as are your local independent health food store.  Ask the workers in there how much they get paid.  Chances are they’d be better off at Tesco.  Fuck all the bosses, large and small.

But the Pie Tax isn’t really about Greggs.  It’s about yet another assault on the working class at a time when food prices are soaring.  This comes along with a  a tax on caravans and announcements that cheap beer is to be made illegal.  And fags have gone up again.  It reveals Osborne’s utter contempt for those who weren’t born with silver spoons in their mouths.  None of these things will affect him and his chinless chums.  All are aimed squarely at working class culture and will hit the very poorest hardest.

Labour MP John Mann (who went to public school himself, albeit on a scholarship), floored Osborne when he asked him when he last had a Greggs Pasty.  The answer quite possibly is never.  He has no idea what it’s like to try and get something with some sustenance to eat for a quid.  It’s far from ideal fucking situation but the fact is that cheap high calorie food stops some people from going hungry.

Working class people aren’t fucking stupid.  No-one thinks a Greggs pasty represents a high point in human cuisine.  We’ve all seen Celebrity Masterchef.  We know what we aren’t getting.  But a lot of us have neither the time or money to head off to a Farmer’s Market on some other middle class wankfest to buy our food.  And I’d rather have a Greggs pasty than some manky old vegetables that came out of a skip anyday.

Bone’s got it right when he says: “We seem to be developing a bunch of METROPOLITAN  sneerers at Gregg’s and Wetherspoons – AND PROBABY STATICS – who’s lives are far removed from the daily reality of our class and prefer ‘poltical issues’.”

You’d think the former editor of Class War would be able to spell political, but that just sums up the point.  People mistake aesthetics for politics all the time, as if what you watch on television or where you shop is some kind of political act.  A striking trade union member eating a Big Mac on a picket line is more politically active than a hippy vegan poet  will ever be.  It’s really not about where you shop*.  The price of a Greggs pasty, a tin of beans or a can of lager is directly related to wealth grabs by the rich. A tax on cheap food is helping to cut the taxes of multi-millionaires.  Politics is about distribution and control of labour and resources.  We should fight every attempt by the rich to take even more from the people with least.  It’s time to reclaim our pies.


*Having said that all good hippies should be boycotting Holland & Barrett.

18 responses to “Osborne’s Pie Tax Is Yet Another Attack On The Poor

  1. Im liking your posts mate, but please don’t make the mistake to think that all vegans are middle class poet fuckwits. our sab group is out every Saturday in the fields giving Shit to huntsman and their supporters and our group i working class and vegan. just a thought…

  2. Same here. I’m vegan, working class and ain’t a clue about poetry but do have a string of convictions for activism as long as .. whatever .. that’s beside the point. The point is not to put every vegan into whatever box you’ve happened to create for them. Top post apart from that. Hope you listen to these comments comrade.

  3. sorry wasn’t meant to be a slur on veganism, more just a general slur on people who substitute lifestyle for politics

  4. Sound mate thanks, totally agree with the lifestyle comment.

  5. Alan on Tyneside

    Another great post. OK if we nick some of it for a leaflet for Byker on Saturday?

  6. Well – If we take the vegan slur in good humour – its an excellent peice that really does put into perspective the need for action rather than lifestyle choices…
    Cos.. come on – we all know arrogant “I’m a better anarchist than you” types.

  7. “but the fact is that cheap high calorie food stops some people from going hungry” This really is the reality of it for some people. They don’t have the facilities/ability to cook and need food that is chock full of calories for the least amount of cash. God forbid they’d like something hot to keep them warm. I’d like a red hot steak-bake to throw at Osborne’s pasty- face.

  8. You don’t need to be born with a ‘Silver Spoon’ in your mouth. Go to Uni and be worthy of living in this rapidly deteriorating country!

  9. Hmm… well… too much swearing that’s for sure it more sounds like your just complaining than writing an intellectual article but i agree the tax is getting stupid now, they are even doing it on products boaght online especially on shoes, the rich won’t stop at nothing to rob our pockets of every penny we have. I’m not vegetarian but people choose to be because it’s more enviroment friendly and keeps them far far more healthy, i have only had a Greggs and a burger king a couple of times in my life time but i’m not really going to be buying from there as part of trying to keep my weight off (which i’m still struggling to do) but fast food just doesn’t help at all in peoples health. Yes even Greggs is i mean when you even pick up a pasty you can feel the grease in all the meat seeping through the pastry, do they ever drain the meat at all? just grose.

    • P.S i think we should just rid of the “system” altogether so we don’t have to worry about having nothing without money and spending countless hours looking for jobs when we just won’t get nothing or even hear back any more. It really just doesn’t work trying to tell people what they can and cannot do, and to be honest i dunno what’s up with all the labeling, people are just human beings like me and you, it’s just stupid calling people capitalists or communists lol politics is what’s causing all our problems in the first place, makes it more simple to just call us all human beings and judge them on their actions because non of us are better than each other.

  10. @emma bain just fuck off and die!

  11. Never mind the poor. Just think of the effect this will have on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government!

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  13. John De Haura

    Surely it’s a fictional tax from the very start, devised on purpose to be “dropped” – thus hoping to fool the dim and mask other pressing issues.

    I think that’s called subterfuge, right?

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