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This Is Why "Tampon Tax" Is Bullshit, According To Russell Howard

"They're tampons. They're not Ferrero Rocher."

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Last month, MPs voted against a motion forcing the Treasury to challenge Brussels over the "Tampon Tax”, the VAT that is currently charged on women’s sanitary products because they are categorised as “non-essential, luxury” items.

Which led to many women taking to Twitter to point out just how ridiculous they find the idea of tampons as a luxury item.

Having a pamper session. It's so nice to surround yourself with luxury now and then #tampontax


Not only did he do an impression of Beyoncé to point out how unluxurious sanitary items actually are.

But most importantly he also made his point very clearly by listing all of the items that are considered more essential than tampons. And it's pretty surprising.

Howard told the crowd: "Do you know the absurd thing? You pay VAT on tampons because they’re a 'luxury' but you don’t pay VAT on things that are considered 'essential'."

He then listed "essential" items as examples, including helicopters, bingo, Twiglets, adult nappies, flapjacks, toffee apples, edible cake decorations, tickets to the zoo, and crocodile meat. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Watch the video, "Why cutting tax credit and taxing tampons is bull$#!t", in full here.

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Last month, MPs voted against a Labour motion forcing the Treasury to challenge Brussels over the "tampon tax". An original version of this article incorrectly stated they had voted against scrapping the tax.