WHILE the world goes mad over pasty tax ThisisCornwall has exclusive evidence of Chancellor George Osborne's fondness for the Cornish delicacy.
The chancellor is pictured here enjoying a Cornish pasty while on a visit to St Austell.
Mr Osborne has sparked new depths of anger amongst pasty-lovers and producers with his pasty tax which adds 20% to the cost of the savoury treats when served hot or "above ambient temperature".
The Chancellor's budget last Tuesday grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons with news that some pensioners would have to pay more tax.
But it is the pasty tax that has now proved to be more controversial. When George Osborne appeared before the Treasury select committee yesterday he said he could not remember the last time he had bought one from the food chain Greggs.
The Prime Minister felt obliged to enter the debate today with his assertion that he last bought a pasty from the West Cornwall Pasty Company at Leeds station. The company responded on Twitter saying that the branch there closed in 2007. Opposition leader Ed Miliband also publicly tucked into sausage rolls in Redditch, Worcestershire.
West Briton chief reporter Kimberley Middleton was on the scene in St Austell in 2008 when Mr Osborne got stuck into the Cornish speciality.
Miss Middleton said: "He devoured the pasty and went on about how much he loved it. I don't know whether he was trying to win votes or he really enjoyed it but he was utterly convincing."
The groundswell of support to overthrow the pasty tax in Cornwall is growing all the time. Cornish comedian Kernow King appealed via Twitter for a suitable venue to hold a pasty tax "show of arms (friendly, of course)". While trying to deal with the world's economic problems it may be the pasty tax that ends up being Mr Osborne's downfall.