I note the BBC has been reporting the Great Leader declaring that it is important that “top earners” accept that they must pay more in income tax to “share the sacrifice.” As you know, the new top tax rate of 45% has been set to kick in at £150,000. As Private Eye points out, how fortunate then that those in Brown’s Politboro are only only raking in just over £141,000. You can be sure the BBC will never raise awkward little points like that with the Great Leader since we proles might get that idea that “sharing the sacrifice” does not extend to our political masters.

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  1. Ctesibius says:

    Yes, but rest assured the poor Lambs won’t have to slum it on that – they can cream off a lot more with expenses scam


  2. Garden Trash says:

    £150,000 – 45% = £82,500.Anybody with a transportable skill will simply leave.
    Our Dear Leader will be left ruling Chavistan.


  3. The Cattle Prod of Destiny says:

    Garden Trash | 29.11.08 – 2:57 pm |
    Anybody with a transportable skill will simply leave.

    Or will employ an accountant.


  4. Kill the Beeb says:

    At £150,000 that’s an awful lot of BBC apparatchiks fucked.


  5. Garden Trash says:

    Accountants,yes indeed but many are on PAYE,to those who aren’t I expect this will have the same effect as IR35.


  6. Zevilyn says:

    The low paid already have to pay 45% tax.

    The government takes roughly half of the earnings of the working classes.


  7. Jim Miller says:

    Interesting. In the US, Democratic politicians usually define the rich as those making more than senators and congressmen. The salary is about $170,000 a year, though, of course, many have other sources of income. So, “rich” is usually defined as making more than $200,000 a year.


  8. Jack Bauer says:

    The corruption of the language from the Fat Scots Toad– “share the sacrifice.”

    Shouldn’t that mean everyone pays the same percentage in taxation?

    If there is an unequal amount expected from one group compared to another, then that’s not “sharing,” it’s “stealing.”


  9. AndrewSouthLondon says:

    Browns “sacrifice” was pushed by himself at a meeting organised by what the BBC descibed as a “think tank”, called Progress. Having had a bellyful of so called think tank IPPR, I checked – you guessed.

    “Progress is the independent organisation for Labour party members and trade unionists.

    Membership of Progress is open to all members of the Labour party.”

    What’s wrong with correct attribution “Labour Party Think Tank”?


  10. David Vance says:


    Good follow up. They just lie to us, they mislead, they twist and then they call it impartial reporting.


  11. dogface says:

    Beeb reports Brown addressing Labour thinktank but totally ignores Cameron addressing Policy Exchange!


  12. Jason says:

    Just been rereading Ayn Rand’s “Capitalism – the Unknown Ideal.” What can I say. She was one of the greatest prophets. Virtually every word in that book rings so true today that I’m frequently slapping the pages with the backs of my fingers and crying “HAH!”

    Good God if she were alive today she’d certainly have a thing or two to say about Gordon Brown and his apologists.


  13. frankos says:

    a desperate attempt to bring back Old Labour voters and politics of envy merchants. Didn’t work in the 70’s sure as hell won’t work now–Brown will alienate the affluent aspirationals who will piss off abroad– desperate measures for a desperate man.


  14. AndrewSouthLondon says:

    In what way does being robbed at gunpoint constitute making a “sacrifice”? That is something people do volutarily, by choice. I’d like to see Gordon at the entrance to my local Tesco rattling a tin, soliciting pennies from shoppers, to support his new charity, “Help the Economy”


  15. Dick the Prick says:

    Aren’t they already sharing the sacrifice by paying shed loads more than everyone else?


  16. Martin says:

    The fat scum pull in at least another 150K in expenses.


  17. Roland Deschain says:

    £150,000 – 45% = £82,500…
    Garden Trash | 29.11.08 – 2:57 pm |

    Well, not quite. 45% doesn’t apply to the whole £150,000, only the income above that. Although, for the technically minded, the personal allowance will be disappearing at that level as well, giving a marginal rate of tax well over 45%.

    Still quite a chunk though.


  18. Original Robin says:

    In Trojan times the sacrifice was a beast that was dedicated to a god or gods then eaten.
    So if you are “sharing the sacrifice” you are feasting.
    Just being pedantic.


  19. Garden Trash says:

    What has to be examined is the whole deal.
    The ugly country this loathesome government has created.The Myriad mean spirited laws and regulations.The waste management fiasco.The crap education system.The fact that nothing works anymore.The decimation of our culture.Th crumbling infrastructure.The inversion of the criminal justice system.Endless.
    On top of that the stupid bugger wants to rob high earners.What is the imbecile offering?

    It isn’t just the money,it is the last straw.


  20. Dennis says:

    We need an economic guru like:
    To save us all.


  21. Martin says:

    I wonder if the twats at the BBC will bother to report this?


  22. Garden Trash says:

    The full swindle over Minister’s tax. What a bunch of crooks.


  23. Peter says:

    So if you are “sharing the sacrifice” you are feasting. Just being pedantic.
    Original Robin | 29.11.08 – 9:50 pm | #

    But well worth the share, mind. Kinda makes more sense of a lot now you have explained what was really meant.


  24. I'moutahere says:

    The bbc doesn’t talk about people like me who are packing their bags. We are the very ones who could invest, build up the nation, create jobs. So what does this genius government do? TAX. Join me in exile. Goodbye and good luck.


  25. AndrewSouthLondon says:

    Original Robin:

    Quite so, but what is my share in this feast? We are not a tribe that hunts together. The analogy seems to me to go downhill fast.


  26. Original Robin says:

    He could have said share the pain, share the costs ,share the misery, but share the sacrifice sounds so much more noble.
    He could also have said pay more tax, stump up more, reduce lifestyle ,become poorer, but that would awaken in everybody what`s going to happen.
    (He could also have said the EU would have “share the sacrifice”, but that means dealing with foreigners, something the British establishment is hopeless at).


  27. MarkE says:


    The tapering of personal allowances for those on more than £150k means they will not know until after the end of the year how much tax they should pay. Presumably their codes will be based on prior year’s earnings, but most people I know earning that sort of money depend on bonuses and commissions for a large proportion of their earnings, so their income could go down in a bad year (we might just possibly be about to have a few of those). How quick will HMRC be in calculating correct personal allowances and tax liabilities, and in making refunds where due? Given that HMRC seem barely able to cope with their current workload, will they cope with the extra work this will create? What are the costs to individuals and companies of all this complexity? What are the chances of anyone being confident of getting such a complex calculation right, not least HMRC themselves, but how do you appeal if you can’t know if they are wrong?