Seumas Milne has written something peculiar again. (Yes, I know. The Guardian’s well-heeled class warrior writes lots of peculiar things – many of which are bafflingly wrong-headed.) Today Comrade Milne is miffed with the “Tory curmudgeon actor” Michael Caine and
the richest 2% of taxpayers who are going to have to part with 50% of earnings over £150,000.
Caine provoked the Ire of Milne with the following, not unreasonable, sentiment:
Tax got to 82 per cent [in the 1970s] and I thought this was kind of unfair. I see... that the government has taken it up to 50 per cent and if it goes to 51 I will be back in America. I will not pay the Government more than I get.
Actually, National Insurance contributions and numerous indirect taxes most likely mean Mr Caine crossed that bridge some time ago, but that’s another matter. More importantly, it’s always heartening to see a successful man from a humble background being badmouthed by a Stalin groupie from a privileged background.