There is always a majority for heaping extra taxes on other people. But such policies have a habit of sticking around, and drawing more and more people in.
They are not against rich politicians, as long as any success is earned fairly. The Chancellor’s greater vulnerability is the cost-of-living crisis.
It should not be easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a wealthy man to go into Parliament.
We need to focus on policies which will stimulate growth, benefit the many, and not breach the basic principles of fair taxation.
Contrary to what members of the Labour Party say, the evidence demonstrates that the public desire for high taxes on the rich is low.
“It would be wrong if we blunt those wealth creators who are not only making wealth, but are also paying taxes.”
“If size were the key to success, China would be wealthier than Hong Kong, Indonesia would be wealthier than Singapore, and the EU would be wealthier than Switzerland.”
The wonderful reality of human progress continues to contradict the miserablist rhetoric of the modern left.
The really interesting question is: what causes wealth? And the answer is clear enough – specialisation and exchange.
Put harshly, it can be the ideology of the free-rider, the citizen who neglects the demands of citizenship.
There is also significant support for some pretty extreme socialist policies among the wider electorate.