Following the cringe-making intervention of a hasbeen comedian, now posh twats are threatening a protest over any future mansion tax calling it a ‘humanitarian’ issue.
An article in the Ham and High newspaper reveals that Hampstead millionaires may even be planning a march against the proposed tax – although for now they have settled on a petition to the Labour Party.
One dismayed toff, art dealer James Butterwick, claims he may even have to close his – by invitation only – art gallery where he stores his collection of “museum quality paintings with flawless provenance.” Is your heart bleeding? Mine fucking isn’t.
Of course Butterwick is most worried about his dear old mam who lives in a house worth a mere £4 million and can’t afford to pay any more tax*. Yet according to Butterworth’s linkedin page, his family could afford to send him to Eton College.
Hundreds of thousands of households are currently under threat of losing their home since the introduction of the Bedoom Tax. Just down the road from Hampstead, young mothers are being socially cleansed from the capital due to the Benefit Cap, soaring rents and the desperate shortage of social housing. The response from the rich has been to openly mock or turn their backs. Yet now they expect us all to take their whining seriously just because someone has suggested they actually make a fair contribution towards the public services they depend on. This is the real something for nothing culture. They want the hospitals, the police, their bins emptying and the tree-lined streets. But they don’t want to fucking pay for it. That’s why they only pay a tiny fraction of their wealth in Council Tax compared to the rest of us.
Labour’s proposed mansion tax doesn’t go anywhere near far enough. It is true it affects more people in London, but that’s because London has lots of rich people. And London has a lot more poor people and many of them don’t have a home at all. There are no Hampstead millionaires planning a protest march about that.
If you’ve heard enough from the arrogant rich join the Poor Doors demo tomorrow (Wednesday 12th November, 6pm 1 Commercial St, E1) which could see the biggest and most boisterous turn out yet after last week’s vindictive arrests. Then on November 22nd head to Fitzroy Square to tell Griff Rhys Jones to fuck off if he doesn’t want to pay a little bit of tax on one of his mansions. Class War will be announcing the details of their own Mansion Tax policy at this event. Let’s make the rich feel uncomfortable for a change.
*It is hard to believe that anyone living in a £2 million pound house is actually that poor. There is an easy solution however to the so-called problem of older people who have low incomes but are living in houses that have increased sharply in value. The handful judged to be in genuine need could pay the tax in the form of equity on their houses, to be recovered from their estates when they die. Then they’d have nothing to complain about. Alternatively they could take in a lodger or try and work a few more hours, the advice given by the government to people facing the Bedroom Tax.
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