"It is my duty to stick up for every put-upon minority in the city – from the homeless to Irish travellers to ex-gang members to disgraced former MPs," wrote the Conservative mayor of London in the Daily Telegraph.
"But there is one minority that I still behold with a benign bewilderment, and that is the very, very rich."
He said the public should instead extend their “humble and hearty thanks” to the super-rich who “now pay 29.8 per cent of all the income tax and national insurance received by the Treasury.”
The “Super Rich”, who keep most of their money in tax havens, not in bank accounts. The Super Rich who own significantly more than the 30% (appx) share of taxes they pay.
Johnson believes the super-rich have been “brow-beaten and bullied and threatened with new taxes, by everyone from the Archbishop of Canterbury to Nick Clegg”.
The threat of new taxes, which is not what the middle class have been facing recently is, of course, bullying. The Middle Class now oft paying 40% don’t deserve a tax cut, but the richest?
Johnson has been a long-term advocate of reducing taxes for Britain’s wealthiest people. Earlier this year he called for a new “flat tax” which would have reduced the top rate of tax to just 30%.
Not all London’s constituents are equal, clearly.