An Xmas treat for the ladies! The Bloke has finally achieved his lifelong ambition- he's appeared on page 3 of the Sun. And does he look great! Six-pack stomach, rippling biceps, well-oiled pecs... or are they the same thing?
Well, OK, it's not actually on page 3. And there's no photo, as such. But let's not split hairs. The main thing is that he's there- on page 2, cheek to cheek with Chanterelle from Basildon. And the story's even made the editorial.
It's all down to "The Tax on Christmas" (see here). After extensive and arduous research under the mistletoe (eg see this blog), the Bloke penned the report for the TaxPayers' Alliance, calculating that the average British family will shell out £225 tax on its festive spending.
That's a total Xmas tax bill of £5.65bn.
No wonder the Express- which gives the story even bigger coverage- has a picture of Bottler as Scrooge (I've sent Mrs T out to buy a dozen copies as Xmas gifts).
The Treasury's response?
"Treasury officials last night dismissed the TaxPayers’ Alliance calculations."
No reasons given, but we're presuming they're the same Treasury officials who reckon the economy's tickety, Britain's national debt is "only" £511.3 billion, HMRC works like a Swiss watch, and Northern Rock is a temporary liquidity problem.