Tory MP: “We have to thank the rich” as they “bear the biggest burden”

The Conservative Party hasn’t been left wanting for people going off message recently, and with elections looming tomorrow it’s unlikely CCHQ will thank one of their Essex MPs heaping praise on the richest in society as maligned martyrs to the national interest.

Brooks Newmark, a former whip and Treasury minister, told business news site London Loves Business:

“We have to thank the rich for the contribution they make to our country… My own perspective on the argument is the top 1% of the country are bearing the biggest burden.”

Newmark presumably means people himself — a former city banker, estimated to be worth some £3.2 million — when he complains about the burdens on the richest.

Doubtless his postbag will is bulging at the seams with ‘thank you’ messages.

14 Comments

  1. You’d think that, even though these people believe this stuff, they’d have the brains not to mention it. I mean, what possible positive outcome could this guy have for saying this stuff?

    It’s just like the Tories saying “We’re in this together!” How did Cameron and his entire advisory team not realise that the majority of the population would find that laughable coming from a multi-millionaire.

  2. Geraldine Mitchell says:

    Not only the party of the psychopathic in their lack of real feelings or any kind of empathy they are also delusional ….unless of course his definition of the word ‘burden’ is quite different from common usage….which could be the case as they talk stuff which has no relevance to what they mean/intend/do….perhaps we are just misunderstanding them as their words don’t mean the same things to us e.g.’ we’re all in it together’ clearly stands for ‘every man for himself’

  3. Moose Malloy says:

    If it helps, I actually suffer under Braintree’s Newmark and his Witham based counterpart Priti Patel (yes, THAT Patel).

    They aren’t referred to by locals as Brainless and Witless for nothing…

  4. Janet says:

    But the poor lambs DO bear the burden. Just imagine how hard it can be to find an Accountant that will fiddle the books for you. Of course they’re not all 100% up to speed on tax avoidance methods and which emerging economy is likely to yield the best rate of tax free return on your investment.

  5. Gary says:

    Geraldine, I have come to exactly the same conclusion about the Tories/ right wingers. They are incapable of empathy and as such have non-clinical psychotic personality bases. They also appear to have no grasp of cause and effect, either through basic intellectual limitations or by design, but the results are the same – a selfish individual who can be trusted to ever put the interests of our country before their own. The rich just need to stop whinging and being so ungrateful and pay more tax to the country that enabled them to become so well off!

  6. Annie Weatherly-Barton says:

    Spitting nails and bricks doesn’t say it, does it? No wonder this country is in such a mess. With people like him and the rest of them, we don’t need a damn recession, they cause it all on their own. No sweat.
    They ought to be thanking all of us!!! Without our help they wouldn’t have their flash cash to buy another sweatshop, boat, mansion.

    They are all utterly disgusting.

  7. Sheila Adams says:

    Give that man a round of applause for the world’s stupidest opinion..I’ll remember this when I’m buying value teabags and wearing my coat in the house to keep warm..

  8. JohnB says:

    Shows you can be incredibly stupid and incredibly rich at the same time. When are we going to stop pussyfooting around and string these parasites up? It’s the only language they understand.

  9. Cole says:

    The MP for Braintree appears to be brain dead.

  10. HelenW says:

    Brooks Newmark is also my local MP. Pity……

    Only .07% of the British population are Millionaires.
    78% if all British MP’s are Millionaires.
    So WHO does ‘Representative Democracy’ represent?

  11. Chee says:

    Gosh, I didn’t realise the rich it so hard. Perhaps I’ll get Mr Newman a tin of value beans from the foodbank later.

  12. torycuntalexndraswan says:

    Delusional? Maybe someone should try a mental health assessment on the tories.

  13. Simon Lewis says:

    Brooks newmark is totally useless. He does nothing
    For Braintree. His incompetence is staggering.
    Problem is, up here you could put a meerkat up
    As a Tory candidate and they’d vote for it

  14. ann b says:

    Most politicians are not stupid and know cause and effect..they just choose not to care about the rest of us. They are not elected to represent us but to represent their own and their buddies’ interests.
    They just couldn’t give a damn and are laughing all the way to the bank!

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