From the money section of the Telegraph comes the following gem:
One of Britain's richest residents says he will leave the country if the Government brings in its controversial new charges for non-domiciles.That insulting old canard! The rest of us who pay school fees happen to pay tax as well, Smurfo. And I suppose you use your own personal air traffic control service when you fly in and out on your private plane? And does your limo travel on your special, private road network?
Dermot Smurfit, the Irish paper tycoon, is investigating moving to Monte Carlo or Switzerland ...
"This is no easy decision. I have five children in England all at private school — I don't place any burden on the state.
The hideous buffoon ends his preposterous complaining with the following, shocking howler:
I have contributed huge amounts to the country and pay significant taxes, about £150,000 a year.The article also mentions in passing that moaning parasite Smurfit is worth up to half a billion pounds.
£150,000 in tax in that context is - well - modest, at best. In fact, a UK taxpayer would contribute that amount in PAYE on an annual income of a little over £380,000 - about normal for a senior executive, successful consultant, leading professional, top civil servant etc.
And that's before you add in the VAT, stamp duty, local taxes and other levies that they all pay - and which smug Smurfit has doubtless included in his embarrassing estimate.
If he fancies life up an Alp or on a boat, good luck to him. But he should surely realise that paying £150k in UK tax is a far, far better deal than his fellow residents would get - and so far more than he ever deserved.
A couple of other whining ninnies weigh in towards the end of the piece:
Lord Paul, the Indian-born steel tycoon, who is Gordon Brown's most generous personal backer [funny that] ... Sir Gulam Noon, who has backed Labour with more than £450,000 and was nominated for a peerage by Tony Blair [well, stone the non-doms] ...I understand that these freeloading billionaires might want to defend their inexcusable tax status. Despite the peerages they bought in the last few years they are clearly without honour and their greed must be insatiable (perhaps they need counselling). But they must realise that to anyone with a brain they're about as sympathetic as Marie Antoinette.
Ah but then, this is the government we're talking about, isn't it ... ?