Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that people who work at home, and who have saved significant amounts of money during the Covid-19 pandemic, should spend it all when the emergency is over.
Does that include him?
He works from home – he lives at 11 Downing Street. And we all recently learned that he has enormous amounts of cash saved up, via his wife’s £430 million stake in her family firm.
Rishi Sunak says stop hoarding wealth pic.twitter.com/140Y9wB8L5
— Max Cur'tis the season ❄️ (@MaxCCurtis) December 20, 2020
So we should welcome his demand – right?
Well… maybe not.
Nice of @RishiSunak to put every spare penny he has into the UK economy.
Oh, he isn't?
Then why should I, when he's so much wealthier?
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) December 20, 2020
He hasn’t said that he will be leading by example, after all.
He has merely demanded that people like This Writer – I work from home (although I can’t say I have built up large amounts of savings) – splurge everything that we have. He hasn’t mentioned anything about doing the same himself – or that other super-rich Tories should do so.
So this is just a call for people – who are normally poor but have become slightly richer – to throw away everything that they’ve saved.
And people have cottoned on to his con:
Apparently Richi Sunak has asked us all if we have any savings to spend them to save the economy
Dear Chancellor when you've spent all your savings and you and your Tory chums and big businesses have spent all theirs and you are all paying your fair share of tax ask me again
— # Christi64914989 Labour Save our NHS from Tory's (@Christi64914989) December 20, 2020
'Multi-millionaire asking ordinary people to splurge their savings to help the economy @Dorset_eye @BadPutty @RandolphTrent @SueJonesSays @nicky_NoPasaran @Pandypooch21 @irisstylosa @charlotteh71 @premnsikka @BenJolly9 https://t.co/mG5uI6Uh4h
— Kilroy Was here (@1kilroywashere) December 20, 2020
Personally, I am looking forward to Sunak’s announcement that he has spent his vast wealth to help regenerate the UK’s economy – and to seeing evidence of this spending.
When he has done this, I hope to see this example leading other super-rich members of the UK’s communities to do the same.
Only when they have put their cash into restoration work should the demand trickle down to those of us who are less rich than Rishi and his Tory chums.
That’s right – trickle down. This is one instance where the “trickle down” effect might actually work in the way Tories and other neoliberals used to pretend; not with money gathered by the super-rich trickling down to benefit poorer people, but with cash spent by them revitalising the economy for everyone.
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