Article by Rosie Millard
As if Ed Miliband didn’t have enough to contend with... While Ukip begins to make inroads to the working-class Labour vote, the party’s leader should watch out for the wealthy left-leaning middle class, whose support will vanish like water in the Sahara if a forthcoming electoral manifesto threatens to introduce the thing they most fear, namely the mansion tax.
Should a future Labour government, (or indeed a Lib/Lab coalition) impose a punitive tax on all properties worth more than £2m, all those people living in the traditional lefty London heartlands of Hampstead, Islington (my own manor), and yes, even Hackney (where house prices are shooting up) will run for the hills. They simply won’t vote for him.