Ed Miliband has come under attack from yet another unexpected quarter. Appearing on ITV’s The Agenda, the opposition Labour leader appeared to be taken by surprise when singer Myleene Klass criticised his plans for a tax on properties worth more than £2m.
As Miliband sought to defend the so-called mansion tax as a principled way of raising extra funding for the NHS, Klass said the levy would hit “little grannies” living in modest homes in London rather than the super-rich Miliband claimed to be targeting.
“What is so disturbing is the name in its own right: ‘mansion’. So immediately you conjure up in your head these Barbie-esque houses … but in London, which is where 80% of the people who are going to be paying this tax actually live, the south-east of England, have you seen what that amount of money can get you? Often it’s like a garage,” she said.
Personally, I am a strong supporter of additional council house bands as a way to tax property. I suspect that Klass would not approve even if the name was changed. As for her bizarre comment, “You can’t just point at things and tax them”, well actually you can. That’s how democracy works. You come up with ideas, people vote for them and then you implement them. If you’re rich you get to appear on TV and argue against being taxed.