I ALWAYS thought the Labour Party would make me poorer. It was a given, until Monday.
Because on Monday Labour – in the form of Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry – made millions of people rich.
Thornberry ( Lady Nugee, as she is properly known) is that tribune of the people who sneered on Twitter at a White Van Man with St George’s flags hanging out his bedroom window during the Rochester and Strood by- election.
As Philip Hammond delivered his Budget, Thornberry took to Twatter again, harrumphing: “There we are – tax cuts for the rich…”
The “tax cuts” which offended Ms Thornberry’s socialist conscience was a rise in personal allowances from £ 11,850 to £ 12,500.
The higher- rate threshold – on which you pay 40 per cent tax – was hiked to £ 50,000.
Now, £ 50,000 is not a bad screw. It’s more than I make. But rich, as Emily Thornberry contends?
Is it f** k!
The rise in the higher- rate threshold puts about £ 860 back in the pockets of higher earners – before about half is snatched back in higher National Insurance. It’s not a king’s ransom. It is also – and this is something Labour always forget – money that these people have EARNED.
Tax cuts are not gifts from a benevolent government. They are merely a reduction in the amount the government steals from your pay packet at the end of the month.
If someone earns enough to get themselves in the higher tax bracket, it’s usually because they work hard. There are plenty of plumbers and builders – the sort who drive the white vans which offend Lady Nugee so much – who make over £ 50,000 a year.
They are not “rich”. They don’t come home to a butler holding their slippers.
They earn their money by working from dawn to dusk – and it’s proper, physical, skilled work.
And the money that’s stolen from them gets lavished on their neighbours who don’t do a f** king stroke of work in their miserable, pissy lives.
The sort of scrotes who wives of High Court judges like Lady Nugee try to appeal to with “tax cuts for rich” bollocks.
If Labour ever want to get back into power they need to appeal to those who actually PAY for their socialist lunacy.