A group of those who pay the top rate of tax today said: 'Given the current state of the UK economy, we urge the Chancellor to urgently consider scrapping the top rate of tax in his forthcoming budget'.
They have described the 50% tax rate as 'damaging', 'unfair' and 'unjustified' and bleated that it was holding back the UK's recovery.
Obviously those who pay the top rate of tax don't particularly like paying the top rate of tax but the flip side of their argument is that if they don't want to pay to help keep our society going, who do they want to do it?
The fact that they are earning in excess of £150,000 per year to qualify to pay tax at 50% in the first place means that they are still better off then the vast majority of the people who work for them.
If you ask anyone who drives, they will say the huge petrol duties are unfair and if you ask anyone who owns a shop they will say that the VAT rise is damaging to the recovery.
Any public servant who is lucky enough to still be employed and have had their pay frozen for the past 3 years will say that is unjustified as will the disabled who have had their benefits cut, anyone who has recently joined the unemployment line and students who have had their £30 EMA grants snatched away from them.
Those paying the 50p tax rate do not have to choose between heating their house or eating, it does not mean they are having to sell their jewelery to pay the electric bill or face having their houses repossessed because they have fallen behind with their mortgage.
Those who are complaining about having to pay a bit more tax to make up the shortfall should take a long hard look at themselves and compare their situation with the real losers in this government's savage austerity drive.
We didn't hear such concern from the rich when the Government were slashing away at the pensions and benefits of the poorest in the country so they should keep their greedy, obnoxious mouths shut and realise that they are in a hugely privileged position and realise that paying a 50p tax rate is the least they can do to help cut the deficit because if it was up to the rest of us, they would be paying a damn sight more than 50p in the pound.