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Green Party: Queen could be moved to council house

2015-01-24 20:38:51


White E: The Queen could find herself on James Turner Street if the Green Party have their way

The monarchy would be abolished and Queen Elizabeth II could be moved to a council house if the Green Party came to power, its leader Natalie Bennett said.

Under a Green government, the Royal Family would be booted out of Buckingham Palace and forced to pay a 'wealth tax' slapped on anyone worth more than £3million.

The Head of the Commonwealth could find herself living on an equivalent of Channel 4's Benefits Street while the wealth tax - of one or two per cent a year on all assets - would be used to fund a £71-a-week 'citizen's wage' given to ALL adults.

It is estimated the cost to the Treasury of the proposed giveaway would be £280billion a year.

However, Mrs Bennett believes the wealth tax, enforced by confiscation powers, would also go towards raising up to a half of what the NHS needs.


Change: Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett

Speaking to The Times on the plans in a week where the Green Party holds its highest-ever membership and secured an invitation to the television election debates, the former journalist said: "I can’t see that the Queen is ever going to be really poor, but I'm sure we can find a council house for her - we're going to build lots more.

"[The wealth tax would be] a tax of 1 or 2 per cent a year on your assets. That would raise between a quarter and one half of what the NHS needs.

"People say to me that the rich will dodge it, but in some of the countries that already have it there is a simple rule that says if you haven't declared something on your wealth tax, you don’t own it."

Agreeing this means the Government could potentially seize assets, Mrs Bennett defended the idea - and proposed a government that shifts the public's general focus from money.

She added: "We have been driven by this neoliberal Thatcherite idea that what motivates people is money.

"We want to focus on the fact that people don't just want to work to earn more and more money, they want to do other things that often now aren't recognised and valued.”

Green Party membership is expected to break through the 50,000 mark imminently.

Source: mirror.co.uk

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