On the 1st December after little more than one week's warning, Chancellor Darling (Not pictured below) lowered the UK VAT rate from 17.5% to 15% and the nation rejoiced.
On the same day the Irish VAT rate rose from 21% to 21.5% they weren't quite as happy. Very few people spared a thought, however, for the programming and IT support companies that had to push out updates and talk almost IT illiterate clients through changing updating their software. Yesterday I was one of those people, stepping in to fill the breach and stem the endless tide of phone calls and I have never been more grateful, in my life that I no longer work tech support.
That's all I have to say about that.