Ukip Targets Women's Vote With Promise to End "Tampon Tax"

By Gary Cutlack on at

Ukip's had an idea about how to ditch some of its blokey image and get one or two women on its side -- promising to end the tax of women's sanitary things should it ever wangle its way into a position of power.

Ukip's Suzanne Evans explained: "Taxing tampons is straight out of the dark ages, it is a hangover from a distant past when policy makers disregarded the interests and health of woman and it must not be allowed to continue."

Apart from the enormous catch of first needing to be elected to do anything about it, there's one other enormous catch. The 5 per cent tax currently stands because of EU laws, with HMRC explaining that the current 5 per cent levy on the products is "the lowest rate possible under EU VAT law."

So removing the so-called Tampon Tax would also mean removing the UK from the EU, which is a little bit more complex that ticking a box on a form, bricking up the Channel Tunnel and banning all cheeses that aren't cheddar.

Evans added: "This shows not only how ridiculous EU legislation is, but how very wrong it is that we've given our tax sovereignty over to a bunch of faceless - and mostly male - EU Commissioners who simply don't understand real life, let alone real life for women." [Ukip via Telegraph]