Cities of London and Westminster CLP voted in favour of the abolition of leasehold as a form of property ownership at its GC on Tuesday. I'm kicking myself for having failed to alert the No.10 Political Unit to add this to the armoury of measures for the Manifesto to cement the differences between Labour and Tory over wealth, income and privilege before yesterday's false allegations that Labour in government was funding extremism in schools.
The Labour Party's targets should include absentee landlords - symbols of our class-ridden society. This is not just an issue in Mayfair and Marylebone, but throughout many of our industrial cities too where absentee landlords are also profiteering. While prominent parts of the media continue to give air time to Tory toffs seeking to divert attention from their real policies, congratulations are due to the Mirror for highlighting personal gains for the Shadow Cabinet from their inheritance tax proposals, if the Tories won the next election..
Ed Balls deserves a slap over the wrist for failing to make sure his boss was properly briefed before PMQs. But that should not detract from the extreme measures the Tory toffs are now going to protect their wealth and privileges.
The Labour Party has a simple calculator anyone can use to work out how much they could benefit from the Tory's flagship tax proposal to distort Inheritence Tax. We now need one to calculate how little it could cost to buy out your absentee landlord with leasehold reform. Why anyone with a leasehold property would want to vote Tory is a bit of a mystery to me.
UPDATE: I see Luke Akehurst has also featured the Greedy Tory Shadow Cabinet.