Under today's [budget] plans, duty on cider will increase by 10% above inflation from midnight on Sunday.
But who's this riding to the rescue on a brand new combine harvester?
Britain's best-known cider drinkers The Wurzels were spluttering into their scrumpy today after their beloved brew was targeted in Chancellor Alistair Darling's Budget. The West Country hitmakers, who scored hit singles in 1976 with I Am A Cider Drinker and Combine Harvester, said they were being "unfairly penalised" by a tax hike...
The band - noted for performing with twine around their trousers - said: "We are all very upset that scrumpy cider, being one of the few pleasures that we cherish down here on the farm in the West Country, is being hit by such a tax rise."
In a statement Tom Banner and Pete Budd of the group, who have performed yokel-style versions of well-known tunes for a number of novelty hits, continued: "We all realise that, in these current times, we have to tighten the string on our trousers, but we must admit that having to cut down on this local favourite leaves us feeling that we are being unfairly penalised."
Bloody jocks. Is it cos we are yokel? I can see some protest folk songs coming on. Or at least their modern equivalent. Join up and 'soothe all your troubles away, oo-ar-oo-ar-ay, oo-ar-oo-ar-ay!'