Wealthy tax dodgers are Britain’s REAL wreckers and that’s the long and short of it

Reposted from The Mirror

That was then: John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett

There is a famous 1966 comedy sketch from The Frost Report that you’ve no doubt seen.

The one where Ronnie Corbett (4ft 11in), Ronnie Barker (5ft 8in) and John Cleese (6ft 5in) highlight the rising levels of superiority (symbolised by increasing height) between the lower, middle and upper classes in Britain.

If the sketch was re-made today only two comedians would be needed: Ricky Gervais’s mates Warwick Davis (3ft 6in) and Stephen Merchant (6ft 7in).

Because the way wealth is being polarised in this country there will soon be only two classes of people: the Haves and the Have Nots.

Or rather, the “I have so much money I spend all my time worrying what to do with it” and the rest.

And, as between Merchant and Davis, the gap between the two groups is phenomenal.

Since the financial crash of 2008, the average Briton’s savings have fallen by 21%.

Yet, according to the Rich List, the assets of the top 1,000 have doubled to £519billion.

We learned this week that it now takes the average FTSE 100 boss (annual salary £4.72million) two days to earn what the average worker (annual salary £26,500) makes in a year.

We also learned on the day hundreds of thousands of public sector workers went on strike to protest against the savage cuts in their living standards since this Government came to power, that 33,000 of the richest earners, some of them ­household names, have been deliberately avoiding paying £5.1billion in tax.

 

Ricky Gervais, Warwick Davies, Stephen Merchant (pic: BBC)
No middle man: No need for Gervais these days as Merchant and Davies demonstrate wealth gap

 

It’s usually at this point that I blame it all on Thatcher’s culture of greed.

Yet I have a bigger problem with the last Labour Government and their starry-eyed hero-worship of the rich.

Remember Peter Mandelson remarking as he hopped between yachts how New Labour was “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich”.

Maybe that’s how they attracted such fair-weather friends as Sir Michael Caine, who quickly turned his ire on them when Gordon Brown introduced the 50p tax rate in 2009.

“We’ve got 3.5 million layabouts laying about on benefits, and I’m 76, getting up at 6am to go to work to keep them,” he whined, before going on to publicly back David Cameron.

Tory supporting Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, meanwhile, called that 50p tax “the politics of envy”.

You won’t be surprised to learn that both Caine and Lloyd Webber were outed this week as tax avoiders.

Or spongers.

 

PASir Michael Caine
Outed: Labour’s fair-weather frind Michael Caine

 

The assumed wisdom in modern Britain seems to be that decent wages, bonuses and pensions are not for the little people but the big earners. Because they are vital to the country’s wealth.

Argue with that, as public sector workers did on Thursday, and you’re cast as selfish wreckers.

But who is truly vital to your life?

The people who teach your kids, fight your fires, care for you in hospital and empty your bins?

Or the ones who make records, films, TV shows and lots of money. Then hold back the taxes on that money to make themselves richer.

Who really wrecks this country? Those who don’t pay their share to fund it, or those asked to make this country work for less money every year?

I’d take an honest striker over a dishonest sponger every time.

 

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17 Responses to Wealthy tax dodgers are Britain’s REAL wreckers and that’s the long and short of it

  1. sdbast says:

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  2. The Tories and their rich friends should heed the lessons of history. Nearly all revolutions have started when the poor have been degraded to such an extent that their lives have no meaning and as a consequence they have no hope.

    How much longer do we have to wait for this challenge to authority, the rich and powerful, to start.? How far can the Tories change the law so as to benefit their backers?

    I don’t believe it is going to be long before we see rebellion on the streets and a challenge to this gradual impoverishment of the vast majority of people if for nothing else but to return the hopes of millions of UK people.

    What will be the spark that ignites this rebellion? To my mind we should be concentrating on the demolition of the NHS which to me is the epitomises what a fairer society would be. Even if this means stretching the facts as the Tories frequently do and show how they are selling what we hold dear to their rich friends to make even more profit at our expense.

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  3. John says:

    I recall listening to a BBC World Service radio programme while driving from Llandudno to Watford (where I live) at 4.00 a.m. in the morning. It was a very interesting programme on global economics, during which the person being interviewed disclosed that when he attended swish upper class dinner parties in the USA, one of the main topics of conversation was how far could they go in expropriating wealth from everyone else without provoking a guillotine moment?
    It seemed (at the time of the programme and since) that the time when real bloody revolution could break out is still some distance away in time and space.
    The long-suffering real workers seem incapable of doing anything to restore any semblance of social justice in our country. No main political party is on their side, is it?
    Should there be alternative leadership? If so, where will it come from?
    The Greens are an obvious alternative but – under the influence of the mass media – they are effectively frozen out of main political discourse, so who else is there to lead a social revolution?

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  4. Chris & John, I’ve been saying for a long time that this government hoist the flag up the pole to see who salutes it! If people make a fuss they will lower it slightly; otherwise it stays put. As regards taxation, the legislation is drafted with the help of accountants from the big 4 (PWC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG) who are the very same accountants who advise their high net worth and affluent clients how to avoid tax – tax avoidance is of course legal; tax evasion is not. Meanwhile in the world that you and I inhabit, the creep of privatisation continues unabated; the government media mouthpeices (BBC, Telegraph, Daily Mail) tell people what THEY want them to think, all courtesy of the nudge unit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/behavioural-insights-team
    I feel that social media such as facebook, twitter and independent bloggers will slowly educate people to what is really going. Will we have a UK Spring? it’s a nice fantasy, but I don’t think people have the stomach for that, the revolution when it comes will be a quieter affair because eventually, the truth will out. It has to, in the natural order of things and I have to hope that it will.

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  5. Yes funny that John … must be a coincidence

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  6. Methusalada says:

    I know my place !

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  7. Reblogged this on SMILING CARCASS'S TWO-PENNETH and commented:
    It makes me mad as I have often said I am happy to pay tax- even a little more on my below average wage if it helps somebody less fortunate; then these whingers come along and bemoan what to them is a relatively small increase.

    Personally, I’d bankrupt the buggers- tax them out of existence and use the money for the NHS, better public sector pay and nationalisation of housing and major industry- in particular the utilities and transport.

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  8. beastrabban says:

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  9. Reblogged this on amnesiaclinic and commented:
    I think they are ready for the old-fashioned revolution with their water-cannon and armed response units etc. That is foolish to take on their might. The other sort of revolution is of hearts and minds. Being very informed, paying attention but also working on ourselves so that we have open hearts and minds and come from a space of compassion, empath y and love. That puts out a very different vibration and opens us all to community, help, love and support and miracles!!
    Times are achanging and will continue to do so as the house of cards falls.
    xxxxx

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  10. Brian Bridge says:

    A thought; …… It normally takes one small injustice to exercise the masses to revolt against an oppressive regime at a point when there is no other real area of redress. We are getting close in the UK, where an unelected oppressive group of super privileged people treat the masses with more than contempt. Even if they are unelected next year, we will get another group from the same social strata. It took 2 global conflicts to get to the reforms of the ’40s [and, incidentally, the decimation of the sions of the privileged] What now?

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