Myleene Klass had a bit of a go at Ed Miliband last night when she appeared next to the Labour leader on The Agenda. She was very cross about what she described as a ‘sexy tax that says let’s take from the rich and give it to the poor’, which is of course Labour’s mansion tax.
Apart from a rather awkward bit when she started pointing at a glass of water and said ‘you can’t just point at things and tax them!’, Klass has a point about the ‘sexy tax’ (which would be a great Labour theme tune, adapted from Justin Timberlake’s ‘Sexy Back’, in which the party could tell voters that they’ve ‘got a sexy tax, them other parties don’t know how to act’ and then threaten to tax anyone who misbehaves and so on and so forth).
It is indeed a tax designed primarily to be attractive to voters, to be electorally sexy. It appeals to a bash-the-rich sentiment in some quarters of the electorate, that suggests that somehow because you own a house worth more than £2 million, you must be punished. Klass pointed out that some of those paying the tax might not be filthy rich anyway:
‘Have you seen what amount of money can get you? Often it’s a like a garage.’
This is what Ed Miliband thought of that point:
He might not think that Klass is worth listening to, but his own party’s Mayoral hopefuls don’t like the tax for the same reasons. Tessa Jowell is worried about people who are ‘asset-rich and income-poor’ and has warned about the ‘perverse effects’ of the tax. Diane Abbott and David Lammy think it is a ‘tax on London’ and worry that it will catch ‘not the sort of people who should be caught’ by the measure.