@George_Osborne chancellor’s choccy choice

Posted to Daily Express, regarding the closing of a posh chocolates shop on Osborne’s (rich people) constituency

The balance sheet of the chocolatier, Simon Dunn, seems to present a conundrum for the Chancellor.

Should he rush to the aid of similar High Street shops, or should he stick to his austerity guns and face down his electorate.

Obviously, it would be fraught entering his local Conservative club, if its High Street resembled that of other towns, full of bookies, money lenders and charity shops.

What can he do?

The problem is, according to Mr. Dunn, not a lack of customer’s, but that of taxation and fixed overheads (dependent on privatised utilities etc.).

Can we expect an adjustment of the local Council’s budget, to reduce the tax burden on its High Street?

Published version

Chocolatier’s fate is a poser for Chancellor

THE balance sheet of the chocolatier Simon Dunn seems to present a conundrum for Chancellor George Osborne (“Chocolatier to the stars forced from High Street”, August 2).

Mr Dunn spelled out the plight of struggling small businesses in a note of apology to customers in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in which he revealed takings of £4,000 a week would give only a £100 profit.

Should Mr Osborne rush to the aid of similar High Street shops or stick to his austerity guns and face down his electorate?

Obviously, it would be fraught for him to enter his local Conservative Club if its High Street resembled that of other towns, full of bookies, money lenders and charity shops.

What can he do? The problem is, according to Mr Dunn, not a lack of customers but that of taxation and fixed overheads.

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