United Kingdomers are divided over Alstair Darling's secret and now denied plan to raise the VAT. Since almost no one in the British Isles has any idea what a VAT is nevermind what a raise in the VAT might mean, the civil war over the possibly non existent proposal has been particularly fierce.
"Raised VAT my TWAT!": proclaimed now senile Margaret Thatcher. The ghost of Winston Churchill told thespoof.seance that a raised VAT would be fine with him as long as it was a VAT of Whiskey.
Opponents of the raised VAT explained that they would go to their deaths over an increased VAT, no matter what it was:
" We are uncategorically opposed to any VAT, no less a raised VAT! Englanders deserve no VAT at all even if no one knows what a VAT really is. The denizens of John Bull's Island especially distrust the unknown!"