Bricks and brickbats

Ed Miliband has announced that a future Labour government would impose a mansion tax on homes worth more than £2m. It’s difficult not to be cynical about this proposal once you learn that Mr Miliband’s luxury home in north London’s leafy Primrose Hill is currently valued on a property website at £1.93 million, which means he would just avoid paying the tax himself.

He might like to come across as a champion of the working classes, but the millionaire Labour Party leader was actually born and raised with a silver spoon in his mouth. He bought his home for £1,600,000 from inherited wealth and money made from property speculation. Clearly, though, it is hard for a rich man like Ed Miliband to enter the realm of mansion tax.

I don’t blame him for taking advantage of the property market during the boom. It was shrewd of him. But fixing the mansion tax threshold just above the value of his own home is more than shrewd. It’s knavish and borderline corrupt.

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

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