The appearance of Myleene Klass alongside Ed Miliband on ITV’s The Agenda has the right-wing media pretending that shouting in the Labour leader’s face about ‘fiscal drag’ and ‘taxing glasses of water’ counts as embarrassing for anyone other than the pampered pop singer/TV presenter:

Chief amongst Klass’ gripes was mansion tax. Apparently spending £2 million in the capital can get you a home which looks “like a garage”:

“in London, which is where 80 per cent of the people who will be paying this tax actually live, have you seen what that amount of money can get you? It’s like a garage.

But Scrapbook wonders what on earth made her so upset. Klass won’t pay any mansion tax — because she rents her home in leafy Highgate, North London, for, errr, £8,000 per month. That’s as much in one year as many family homes cost outside the south east.

Had the measure been in place, she wouldn’t even have paid Mansion Tax on the sale of her Hertfordshire family home (below), which went for £1.8m last year after separation from her husband:

Public sympathy for Klass has obviously been overwhelming:

The outburst comes less than a month after fellow whinger Griff Rhys Jones compared his seven-bedroom, Grade I listed property overlooking a Fitzrovia square  to “a slum”.

  1. There’s a big difference between Hertfordshire and London. From a quick search of minimum price £2m there’s a lot of 2/3 bedroom properties which are selling for £2m or more in London.

    And you’re not going to get a huge amount for your £100k. From looking at Birmingham and Manchester it’s a small 2/3 bed normally apartment which wouldn’t be a comfortable family home. Cambridgeshire would just about buy a 1 bed outside the city. In rental terms looking at Rightmove then £8k pcm will get you up to a 4 bed (commonly 2/3) in Zone 1 which is hardly a mansion.

    She’s definitely rich however the actual figures you’ve presented are misleading and yes you can buy more than a garage with £2m. Incidentally, bottled water is applicable for VAT so the water she’s drinking is likely being taxed already.

    http://www.hamptons.co.uk/buy/search/london%20%28city%20of%20london%29/price-2000000-/order-priceascending/#/buy/search/london%20%28city%20of%20london%29/price-2000000-/order-priceascending/

  2. Firstly, why does Myleene have to pay a tax to validly express an opinion on the unfairness of that tax? Is it really only those people who pay a particular tax in your world that are allowed to voice an opinion on that tax? If that’s the case then are you stating that you are a potential payer, which entitles you to write an article about that tax?

    Secondly though, in writing this you’re assuming that the ultimate bearer of the cost of a tax will be the same person as originally pays the tax. Stop for one second and put yourself in the shoes of the landlord that owns that house that Ms Klass rents. The landlord that may initially pay the tax will pass the cost of that tax on to their tenant and hence ultimately Ms Klass will bear that tax. She may not *pay* the tax but ultimately she will bear the cost of that tax – probably with an “admin fee” added on top.

    You might note that in much the same way, the cost of corporation tax feeds through ultimately to either lower wages (either fewer individuals employed or each individual paid less), higher consumer prices or lower returns to investors. Financial transaction taxes may be collected by a bank but the cost is ultimately borne by the individuals/corporations that buy products from that bank. A tax like a Landfill Tax might be paid by a waste disposal company but ultimately that cost will be borne by private individuals through higher council taxes. There are numerous similar examples.

    Myleene may not pay the tax just because she rents but ultimately she will end up bearing the cost of the tax. More importantly though, what does it say for Ed’s standing with the electorate that they now know that as well as not being able to eat a sandwich, he can’t even survive one round of debate with that sweet lovely Myleene Klass before he needs saving by the host?

  3. Why does Myleene have to pay a tax to validly express an opinion on the unfairness of that tax? Is it really only those people who pay a particular tax in your world that are allowed to voice an opinion on that tax? If that’s the case then are you stating that you are a potential payer, which entitles you to write an article about that tax?

  4. In writing this though you’re assuming that the ultimate bearer of the cost of a tax will be the same person as originally pays the tax. Stop for one second and put yourself in the shoes of the landlord that owns that house that Ms Klass rents. The landlord that may initially pay the tax will pass the cost of that tax on to their tenant and hence ultimately Ms Klass will bear that tax. She may not *pay* the tax but ultimately she will bear the cost of that tax – probably with an “admin fee” added on top.

    You might note that in much the same way, the cost of corporation tax feeds through ultimately to either lower wages (either fewer individuals employed or each individual paid less), higher consumer prices or lower returns to investors. Financial transaction taxes may be collected by a bank but the cost is ultimately borne by the individuals/corporations that buy products from that bank. A tax like a Landfill Tax might be paid by a waste disposal company but ultimately that cost will be borne by private individuals through higher council taxes. There are numerous similar examples.

  5. Myleene may not pay the tax just because she rents but ultimately she will end up bearing the cost of the tax. More importantly though, what does it say for Ed’s standing with the electorate that they now know that as well as not being able to eat a sandwich, he can’t even survive one round of debate with that sweet lovely Myleene Klass before he needs saving by the host?

  6. Paul Rossington says:

    He had to stand up to the right of his party just last week who were trying to get rid of him, or have you forgotten that already? This week he’s having to sit next to a no mark Z lister, famous for being on TV. Who the fuck is Myleene Klass? Pathetic. I’ll listen to politicians, not failed pop stars who can’t even get on a proper Christmas advert.

  7. James McDonnell says:

    nonsense. The internet is the defeater of ignorant arguments like this.

    Everyone, just go on Zoopla or Rightmove, set the max cost at 1.8 mil and see what you get in london.

    This morning the first two houses I’ve seen have both been – you’ve guessed it – 7 bed mansions in a leafy NW suburb.

    These arguments against a mansion tax are utter nonsense and we all can see the facts for ourselves.. just bloody google it!

  8. From the slightly misleading headline I first thought that you were saying Ms Klass could be rented for &k pcm. I’d have thought that was a bit too much.

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