Council house for Queen, say Greens

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Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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The Queen could move into a council house, the leader of the Green Party has suggested as a result of her plans to abolish the monarchy.

The party would remove the royal family from Buckingham Palace, but Green leader Natalie Bennett said she was “sure we can find a council house for her” as a result of their programme to build more.

Ms Bennett hinted that the Greens would have a top rate of tax higher than 50p, with a wealth tax on multi-millionaires as part of a plan to “restructure society with the rich paying their way and multinationals paying taxes”.

The party has benefited from a membership surge and the broadcasters have now invited Ms Bennett to take part in two televised debates ahead of the general election in recognition of its popularity – and David Cameron’s insistence that the Greens be included following the decision to let Ukip’s Nigel Farage take part.

Ms Bennett told The Times her party was attracting disaffected Labour supporters and “anti-Ukip voters”.

She said: “People are really hungry for something different. There is an element of us being fresh and new, but we are also talking about ideas, optimism and changing things.

“We need to restructure society with the rich paying their way and multinationals paying taxes. People sometimes say to me, ‘I saw you and I stopped shouting at the TV and throwing things at it. I finally agree with a politician’.”

Among their radical policies are the abolition of the monarchy, but Ms Bennett said the Queen would not be left homeless.

“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,” she said.

The Green leader defended her party’s economic policies, despite critics’ warnings, claiming that GDP was not as important as whether people had a “better quality life”.

Asked whether she wanted the country to go into recession, she said: “It depends if you want to measure success by GDP. Even the people who invented GDP said it’s a lousy tool for progress. The age of significant growth is over. We need to look at human measures now, not profits, but a better quality life.”

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, they want to do other things that often aren’t recognised and valued.”

Ms Bennett attacked “parasitical” global firms who did not pay tax and urged people to shop locally.

“These big multinationals are paying no taxes, making their staff work incredibly hard with no security on very little pay,” she said.

“Meanwhile, they are using the resources that we pay for with our taxes. Amazon vans are using our roads to deliver, their workers are using our NHS to keep healthy, but the company isn’t paying taxes to help … they’re parasitical.”

The Greens would raise the minimum wage to £10 an hour, with a guaranteed £71 a week universal basic income, whether they were working or not.

“It would be a universal basic income from the state, children would get a bit less,” she said. “There would be hardly any administration costs because it would go to every member of society. The assumption is that those of working age will top it up, but pensioners and the disabled will need extra help. It means that no one falls through the gaps.”

Half of the £280 billion cost of the policy would come from tax, she indicated, with the rest made up of money already paid out in benefits like jobseekers’ allowance.

” We are going to tax the rich more. In our last manifesto we had the top rate of tax at 50p for anyone earning over £100,000. I think it is going to be higher this time,” she said.

There would also be a tax of 1% or 2% on people worth more than £3 million.

“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.”

That would mean the state could “potentially” seize assets from the wealthy, she indicated.

Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (4)
  • Roger W Singleton

    is the queen on the council waiting list

  • John Morris

    HA HA HA WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH THE QUEEN NEEDS TO BE ON A HOUSING LIST FOR AT LEAST TEN TYEARS TO EVEN GET NEAR A HOUSE. TAX THE RICH THAT JUST SENDS THEM ALL ABROAD IF YOUVE GOT MONEY YOU DONT HAVE TO LIVE HERE £70 POUND A WEEK FOR EVERYONE WAOO THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE HAS ARIVED GET REAL ….

  • Jean

    What a load of cods wallop, why on earth would people who have been on the council list for years and still waiting to get a home stand for such a decision as the Queen who has more than one property now and fast amounts of money, stand for it, it would cause an out cry, and if allowed would the PM be the next to get a council house, most stupid idea I have ever heard of. At the end of the day, the Palace is the place for the monarchy, whether you are patriotic or not, lets keep out monarchy and in style, Natalie has a screw loose to even suggest such a thing.

  • Kevin Marshall

    If you weigh it up ,the Royals are all in council houses if you like! they all live on estates ….and are on ‘posh’ benefits too ,as all their income every year is out of the tax payers pocket.

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