This man deserves better:
Simon Pegg, the actor and writer who brought us Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, has been berated by members of the public for suggesting the rich should pay higher taxes.
He is among 120 signatories of an open letter asking millionaires and billionaires to join calls for higher taxes on very wealthy people, and for international reforms to stop tax dodging.
Writing in The Times, he stated: “Inequality is not inevitable, it’s a policy choice.”
“It’s the product of governments passing policies that favour the very wealthy at the expense of the less fortunate,” he wrote.
He said the rate of poverty reduction had halved since 2013, whereas in the past decade the number of billionaires had doubled.
And he stated that inequality was the driving force behind both societal breakdown and the “climate crisis we face”.
And what response did he get?
It’s always good to see Hollywood luvvies tell us what they think. They’re always so virtuous and right….
— Paul T ⚒ (@paultinay) January 23, 2020
He means other "Rich" people, not him.
— David A Gunn / Europe YES – EU NO (@DavidAGunn1) January 23, 2020
He's acting like he cares now he's a millionaire,had to get to a certain monetary point before he took the part😂
— Rob (@robrexwilliams) January 23, 2020
Easy to say when the most pro-elite/rich/oligarch/rent-seeker government in decades are in power & you know there's a zero chance of tax increases on the rich materializing…
— Desmond (@Desmond40182905) January 23, 2020
I understand one can voluntarily pay more tax. Perhaps Mr Pegg could lead by example and pay more in order to combat inequality himself, rather than talking about it.
— JB (@theJamieBoyle) January 23, 2020
Some have said that this army of opposition is a classic example of “turkeys voting for Christmas” because it is a contradiction for poor people to demand that an unequal system continues to benefit the super-rich.
But it’s actually worse than that.
I chose the above selection of tweets at random, but take a look at the profiles of the people writing them.
I don’t think any of them are genuine. I think they are all Tory-supporting troll accounts, set up to gaslight us.
The names are (generally) pseudonyms; the profile pictures (if any are there) are of things, not people; the accounts have mostly existed for many years but have few followers and aren’t following many others either.
Those are classic Twitter troll characteristics.
It looks like the (alleged) Conservative Party Twitter army got wind of this story and mobilised the troops to trash it before it could gain traction.
Are you going to let that happen?
How about visiting the itv.com tweet and posting some support for Simon, to counter the flood from nonexistent trolls?
That’s what I’ve done.
I notice the vast majority of responses here are from Tory Twitter trolls, attacking this excellent idea.
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) January 23, 2020
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
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