Did anyone else see this
You belong to a select club – the club of the hard-working, clever and creative people living in London and the South East who single-handedly are giving the rest of the nation a standard of living they can’t, or won’t, create for themselves.
George Osborne, the allegedly Conservative Chancellor, truly loves you. He loves squeezing the life out of your wallet. He loves your pain.
As a standalone entity, the people of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and London are 18th in the global GDP league, just ahead of Indonesia and just behind Turkey.
If you took this region out of the UK economy, it would be called Ethiopia.
You wouldn’t have to be a genius to suspect the grasping Mr Osborne – the dimwit who increased benefits by 5.5 per cent a couple of years back and then discovered he would have to increase taxes to pay for the rise; d’oh! – will once more up stamp duty on houses.
This is a pernicious assault on London and the South East, since five London boroughs – Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Camden, and Hammersmith and Fulham – already raise as much as the rest of the nation put together.
You don’t have to live in Notting Hill to suffer the pain of stamp duty down South.
I looked on Rightmove and discovered that, in the OK London suburb of Wimbledon, I could pay a tad more than £1 million for a clapped-out, three-bed detached house that looked like Swampy had been the previous owner.
Why should I cough up an extra £50,000 so that politicians can spray their largesse in other parts of the country?
The subsidy from London and the South East to the rest of the country is truly astonishing. While the difference between what London spends and what it earns is 10 per cent on the plus side, you go to Wales and it’s 36 per cent on the minus side.
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This area needs its own party. It needs a leader who believes that the striving classes in the South are overtaxed and overburdened.
I want somebody to argue for me at the ballot box and not look on the ambitious and the wealth creators as another wallet to steal from.
I'd like to think that he was just doing some Swiftian trolling of the Chipping Norton set. But unfortunately, it's Mackenzie.