The term used to describe gangs – in the long past, gangs who raided northern England from Scotland and then ran back over the border, out of jurisdiction. They’ll be voting for independence because the Union spoiled their game.
Now it applies to the UK Border Farce who indulge in petty thievery by pretending that duty applies to things it does not apply to.
They have, in this process, damaged a legitimate business who have broken no laws.
Tobacco leaf is just compost. It is not smokeable. If it is turned into snuff, no duty is payable. If it is turned into smoking baccy, duty is payable but that is not the responsibility of the supplier. No more than Tate and Lyle are responsible if you buy their sugar and ferment it into wine.
I think we should arrange to pass through customs with a load of dried palm leaves. Spend ages arguing with them without letting on that they are not tobacco. Just keep insisting that no duty is payable on leaves but never state what kind of leaves they are. Let them take it to court.
Then get the papers involved. Make the buggers look like the half-brained cretins they really are.
In the meantime, PureLeaf need to keep going. I need a tobacco shredder, they have two at reasonable prices. So I’ve ordered one.
I haven’t bought leaf there before, I have only once bought some from TL4U, but since they have been relegated to underdog status I will make a point of getting some in the future.
Whether I need it or not.