Cameron Ain’t Heavy. Thatcher Was
The Conservative Party is not as flint-hearted as it used to be. Asked at Prime Minister’s Questions about VAT on the Christmas single He Ain’t Heavy… – proceedings from which are going towards legal bills incurred by families of the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster – David Cameron promised that when George Osborne returns from the USA “there will be a decision that will go down well on Merseyside”.
The tradition of raising money from the proceeds of hit singles began in 1984, when Bob Geldof persuaded a galaxy of stars to come together and make Do They Know It’s Christmas? to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The VAT on that single went to the treasury, Margaret Thatcher was unmoved even when lobbied directly by a delegation of MPs led by a personable young shadow trade minister called Tony Blair.Tagged in: Bob Geldof, margaret thatcher, tony blair
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