DAVID CAMERON has been given a roasting – by David Cameron.
Prime Minister Cameron faces a grilling from a Subway boss with the same name in a row over VAT on toasted sandwiches.
While the PM may have ditched the infamous pastie tax, he’s left the humble toastie at the mercy of the VAT man.
The other Mr Cameron – the 28-year-old boss of a Subway franchise who lives in Birkby – fears the toastie tax could scupper his expansion plans.
“The Government’s U-turn on the pastie tax has given a tax break to hot savouries but toasted sandwiches are still being penalised,” said Mr Cameron.
“As it stands we are expected to absorb the 20% VAT but we can’t do that forever and eventually we’ll have to pass it on to our customers.”
Subway expects to open another 500 shops over the next three years taking the total to 2,000, employing 30,000 people.
Mr Cameron, who has run his franchise on the Ravensthorpe Shopping Park in Dewsbury for four years, currently employs 10 people.
He hopes to take on two or three more shortly and wants to open a new franchise within 12 months.
Mr Cameron added: “We are a local business, employing local people. We have successfully bucked the recession but our business is going to be uncompetitive if the Government keeps moving the goalposts.”
Chancellor George Osborne sparked outrage from bakers and the public when he imposed VAT on warm pasties, sausage rolls and pies in the Budget.
The Government was forced into an embarrassing climbdown but now face another revolt led by Subway.
The firm’s ‘Toast the Tax’ e-petition was signed by 13,000 in just a week.
Subway’s Mr Cameron – who said his name was an ‘ice-breaker’ in conversations – said: “My message to the other David Cameron is that we want a level playing field for toasties which are a healthier alternative to pasties, sausage rolls and pies.”
Subway is renaming toasted sandwiches ‘hot bread pasties’ to highlight the unfairness.
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