Dunno what’s going on here.
Joshua Rozenberg has written a jokey report in The Telegraph about a High Court ruling as to whether establishments like Spearmint Rhino are required to pay VAT on the fees punters pay for “private dances” (no, the court decided the club isn’t required to pay VAT since “private dances” and “sit downs” are services provided by the dancer, who is operating her own business; the club ‘does not make a supply of services for VAT purposes’).
Much chuckling by the bench during the course of the judgement as they take the opportunity to display judicial ignorance about exactly what the dancer’s job involved and make some bad puns in the process.
But the Telegraph’s sub-editors, possibly so overcome by the thought of lap dancers that their glasses have steamed up to the extent they couldn’t read the article, have headlined a story about HM Revenue and Customs losing the case (since the dancers don’t have to pay VAT unless they’re earning more than £64,000 a year, which most of them apparently aren’t) as ‘ Strippers are exposed to the taxman’ and captioned a photo ‘Exotic dancers must share their gains with the taxman’, which they must of course, in the form of income tax, but that’ not what the story was about.
It’s at this point one wants to cry ‘Don’t these people have editors?’ but they are the editors.