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.