Devolved potential in Cornwall is under threat from central Government inertia

By Sarah Longlands | 12 May 2021

Some of you might remember the famous ‘pasty tax’ of 2012 where proposals to impose VAT on hot food caused outrage in areas like Cornwall and the North because of the disproportionate impact the proposals would have on the sale of pasties; yet another example of Westminster’s centralising zeal going awry.

But a commitment to pasties and a healthy scepticism of Whitehall isn’t all that Cornwall shares with the North of England.

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