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Thursday, 18 October 2012


There are many elderly and not so elderly people living in our Royal Borough. Often their only asset is a flat-or possibly small house, purchased or left to them years ago. In the intervening years inflation and overseas demand has pushed up the value of that asset, whilst, at the same time, eating away at their smallish fixed income.
We all know at least someone in the Borough in that position.

A by product of Cameron's lust for power was being forced to work with some unattractive and minimally qualified opportunists able to wangle their way into power. 
What a bunch! Ex National Parks PR man, Danny Alexander running the Treasury and 'so so' economist and ballroom dancing aficionado, 'Doc' Cable are just two that come to mind. 
'Doc' Cable has now come up with a ludicrous idea that will cause havoc to the lives of many elderly cash and income poor Borough residents.
According to Cable anyone with a property worth just over £2 million is 'super rich' and should thus pay a mansion tax of 1%. If this man gets his way it will mean that those who just cannot afford it will have to find £20,000 a addition to the tax they already pay on their small fixed income.

The Dame has many elderly neighbours terrified that they will have to sell up their home of many treasured memories and move away.

The Dame challenges the Lib Dem councillors to come into the open and oppose an idea that will impact most savagely on a group of people far removed from Cable's stated target: the investment banker,

This is the moment when all Borough resident associations should come together and collectively denounce this mad and ill thought through idea.
Perhaps our very part time £130,000 a year Council Leader might give us his view. But probably not because Cockell and Cable have one thing in common:they both live off the back of us taxpayers


  1. Don't expect a murmur from the Cllr Caruana and mates

    1. Depends on how many of their voters live in £2 million homes. I suspect f-all.

  2. What is the point of having Liberal councillors in K&C if they allow this kind of tripe to surface from Cable?

    It is time for Caruana and her (small) crowd to speak out and tell it as it is. There are many elderly residents living on fixed incomes of ca £15k per year in £2 million apartments. Struggling to make ends meet and living longer and longer.

    Has Cable got any idea of the suffering and distress that would be caused by a rate demand for an additional £20k?


  3. Where is the voice of the useless Cockell in all of this? He is supposed to be a Leader

  4. Council tax is supposed to pay for civic amenities like dustbin clearance. It costs the same to clear a dustbin in North Kensington, S Kensington, and Liverpool. This is the politics of envy seeping out of the head of Vince.

    Cable might just as well instruct Starbucks to charge rich people £100 for a cup of coffee. Because they are rich they could afford to pay.

    Silly little man.

    1. This isn't a replacement for Council tax. It won't be used to pay to clear your bins.

      It is a fig leaf for a completely disfunctional tax system. And not a very good one at that.

  5. If the Govt has to spread tax and raise more tax then the fair way is more VAT.

    But before such a thing is contemplated, lets stop the waste in public spending. There is still plenty of it. Like £30 million to tart up Exhibition Road

  6. Dr Cable is a fair person but sometimes gets carried away when he is angry. It would help if K&C could make a contribution to the debate by publishing the facts. How many elderly people on fixed incomes live in £2m homes in the Borough? Even an estimate might help to wake people up

  7. This is an issue for Boris. One in the eye for Cameron and two in the eye for pathetic Cable. The Mayor needs to speak up for his Londoners and especially Tory Londoners.

    Come on Moylan, for once in your life represent the interests of your residents and give your boss the facts so that he can hold forth

  8. The nouveau poor in K&C (each with a vote) outnumber offshore bankers and Russian crooks 1000 to 1. Politicians need to do their sums

  9. Why can't we run very rapid Consult the People campaigns and have the residents man up, take power and tell the Councillors what to do, or not to do?

    Phone: 07799647160

    1. Great idea

      How could this be organised?

  10. If the only problem with this scheme were that described in the "person with an income of £20k living in a £2 million apartment" then it would be easily fixed - cap the tax liability to 1% of the property value or 1% of income, whichever is greater. The hypothetical "person with an income of £20k living in a £2 million apartment" would then be faced with a tax bill for £200. Not exactly zero but not particularly onerous either.

    Sadly the "nefarious rich" would probably take advantage and declare that they too have little or no income ...

    Which brings us to the real problem with this scheme: that it is little more than a band-aid for a tax system which clearly does not work properly and is allowing far too many to evade paying tax through particularly inventive "tax avoidance measures". Sadly it is very unlikely that any of our political masters, of any political persuasion, will be fixing it any time soon. They benefit from it themselves. And turkeys don't generally vote for Christmas.

  11. Perhaps the current Liberal Councillors support the mansion tax? There cant be that large a number of 2 mill plus properties in those 2 wards. Might not lose them too many votes...but it certainly wouldnt help potential colleagues in any of the 13 Tory wards...

    There are other ways for Liberals to make money. For example the 2010 Parliamentary candidate for Coventry who today was found guilty of conning students out of thousands of pounds...

  12. When you think of the 'greats' we have had managing the like Nigel Lawson....and then we get plonkers like Alexander and Cable

  13. When I left RBKC I moved and now live in the Twickenham constituency. I'm so looking forward to the next general election as I will be able to add my vote to what I understand is a sizeable number of people who want Cable out no matter what.

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