apple orchards can be tricky things: they need care and
constant attention. But they not only produce beautiful cider apples
they also provide huge environmental benefits to the countryside.
Cider apple trees need pruning, organic feeding and cyclic replanting.
With all this investment necessary why has George Osborne only removed
the ridiculous Duty Escalator from brewers and
not cider makers?
escalator charges cider makers 2% above the rate of inflation, every
year on every pint. So why does the Chancellor only want to support
the beer industry and not cider making? He probably sees the beer
industry as a bigger PR opportunity and is desperately trying to
present himself as a ‘man of the people’ (thus his pathetic
attempts to change his speech patterns). No one is saying we should
tax the brewers more but apple orchards require more investment
that fields of barley and give far more back to the environment.