Myleene Klass mocked for Mansion Tax comments
Viewers of ITV's The Agenda are piling in to mock Myleene Klass for being out of touch with with the way most people live.
After the singer complained about the proposed Mansion Tax to Labour leader Ed Miliband on the show, one viewer has even set up a fake fundraising page (pictured below) appealing for funds to help her out.
"Myleene is a struggling mother with a fortune of £11 million who needs our help. Please be generous," it reads.
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During the show, Klass told Miliband that the tax would hit "little grannies".
"In London, which is where 80 percent of the people who will be paying this tax actually live, have you seen what that amount of money can get you? It's like a garage." she complained.
"The people who are the super-super rich buying their houses for £140 million, this is not necessarily going to affect them because they've got their tax rebates and amazing accountants. It's going to be the little grannies who have lived in those houses for years and years."
When Miliband defended the policy by claiming the funds were needed to help the NHS, Klass persisted: "But why? Aren't there other options to save the NHS? Is that your only option? You might as well just tax me on this glass of water. You can't just point at things and tax them. You need to have a better strategy and say 'why is the NHS in this mess in the first place?'"
And while some praised Klass' comments on Twitter, others were less than impressed:
Myleene Klass compares Mansion Tax to "taxing water". The difference is we all have water, whilst she's one of the few with a mansion.- Tommy Long (@_tommylong) November 17, 2014
In benefits office queues all over Britain, people are saying: "How dare they make Myleene Klass pay a bit more tax on her posh house?"- David Whitley (@mrdavidwhitley) November 18, 2014
Meanwhile, others were quick to point out that Miliband had hardly helped himself in the debate:
Tax on £2m homes
Under the proposed tax, owners of properties worth more than £2 million would pay an annual tax that would be used to fund extra NHS staff - 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 GPs, 5,000 care-workers and 3,000 midwives by 2020.
Last month, shadow chancellor Ed Balls confirmed that it would be a progressive tax, starting at just £250 per month. And, he said, asset-rich, cash poor homeowners who don't earn enough to pay income tax at 40% would be able to defer payment of the mansion tax until the property changes hands.
Five flats that are 'mansions', according to Labour
However, while fears of a mansion tax may seem remote to people worrying about how to cope with the bedroom tax, there's fierce opposition in some quarters. Yesterday, high-end estate agent Savills warned that the threat of the tax was "subduing" the London property market.
And earlier this month, comedian Griff Rhys Jones - estimated worth £20 million - said he'd probably leave the country if the tax was introduced. He complained that he'd be hit hard because he lives in a "gigantic" house in London's Fitzrovia, and added: "I'd probably live abroad because I could get some massive palace which I could restore."
The tax has also been publicly criticised by ex-footballer Sol Campbell, Hull City owner Assem Allam and a group of campaigners in Hampstead - who are calling it a "humanitarian" issue.
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