Hundreds of Pasty Protestors braved the pouring rain on Sunday afternoon
From OAPs to toddlers and from Plymouth to Penzance snack-fans furious at toffee-nosed George Osborne’s 20 per-cent pasty tax plans joined the throng.
The swelling crowd massed on Falmouth’s Moor and made their way through town to Events Square for rally speeches and local bands.
Ned Robertson, 27, from Plymouth, Kit Thomas, 32, from Calstock, 29 year old Tricky Matthews from Metherell near Callington and Joe Scarrott, 32, from Golberdon, turned out with colourful banners.
Kit explained: “I’m pissed off George Osborne wants to tax my pasty.”
And Joe added: “We’re all fed up with being taxed for this and then that and everything else – now he wants to get his hands on our pasties – and we’re not having it!”
The Keating family showed up with twin tots Madeleine and Freya proudly displaying their ‘Keep Your Hands off My Pasty’ poster.
Dave Keating explained: “This is Madelaine and Freya’s first protest: we’re raising revolutionaries!”
And the twins mum Estelle added: “I think with the average wage so low in Cornwall a 20 per-cent levy on the Pasty industry is going to make a massive difference.
“The effect on the local economy could be phenonemal and hopefully the march showed how strongly we all feel about it.”
Little Madelaine and Freya backed up Mum and Dad by shouting: “What do want? PASTIES! How do we want them: HOT!”
The event was organised by local comic Ed Rowe; the 33 year old from Falmouth headed the march as his popular character ‘Kernow King’.
Ed told us: “It was minging weather. But there must be been between 500 and a thousand people here; it’s a fantastic turnout.
“Highlight of the afternoon has to be Andrew George speaking to the crowd ahead of Porthleven Dinghy Club.
“But we were all really pleased with the turnout. Everyone made a fantastic effort.”
The Pasty Tax saga kicked off when the coalition decided to slap VAT on pasties and pies as they went cold for this years budget.
Cllr Alex Folkes got the ball rolling on Facebook with his Say No To The Pasty Tax page, currently standing at 6,000 followers plus.
The Pasty protest caught the national mood and before you could say ‘Don’t Tax My Pasty’ the nationals were all over it.
Pretty soon the Prime Minister had made a total arse of himself in Parliament wibbling about a pasty he’d never eaten at a railway station somewhere in the dark recesses of his addled mind.
Then Deputy MP Nick Clegg was forced to apologise on TV after Cornish Lib Dem hopeful Joseph Swain unfairly blamed the Tories for the disastrous VAT-hike.
And finally Lib Dem MP Steve Gilbert stepped in line for general pillory after comparing hot pasties to a hitherto unheard of brand of hot caviar.
A rebel vote against the pasty tax was defeated, but Cornwall’s united MPs are still hoping to lay on the pressure.
Local Cllr and deputy opposition leader Alex Folkes turned up to back the march.
The Launceston Cllr said: “In Parliament, all Cornish MPs backed the campaign to abolish the pasty tax.
“This is a campaign where, regardless of party, Cornwall is united against a proposal which will cost jobs and hurt our economy.
“Local MPs and councillors are working closely with the pasty manufacturers to make our case to ministers.
“We are still hopeful that they will see sense and withdraw this stupid idea.”
“The more people who come along to the march on 29th April, the louder our voice will be heard in Whitehall.”
Meanwhile Penzance teenager Chris McKee celebrated the AntiPasty Rebellion by baking a cracking ONE FOOT LONG traditional snack – pictured above.
The sixteen year old posted: “A Big Foot Long Pasty, that’s what the Cornish want, and without any Pasty Tax attached ”
Chris went on: “Here’s my giant home made pasty measuring a whopping 1foot 1inch in lenth and 9inch in width.
“Now thats a proper job well done!”
So well done one and all!
Now don’t forget to say Kernow King’s anti-pasty tax prayer before you go to sleep tonight!
THE ANTIPASTYTAX PRAYER
Our Cornish Pasty
Some bleddy idiot wants to tax
There will be hell up
If you touch me large steak
Give us this day our daily pasty
And forgive those that use carrots
But not bleddy idiots like Osborne and Cameron
Tastin the bewtie
Of a real Cornish Pasty
For ever and ever