Mark Haddon, the author of the phenomenally successful novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
, has written to his Member of Parliament (MP), arguing that the wealthy should be paying more tax. According to the Guardian
, Haddon wrote:
I'm a wealthy person. Austerity measures introduced by the coalition have caused real suffering to many people, but my comfortable life hasn't changed in the slightest. Why have I, and people like me, been asked to contribute nothing?
Haddon told his MP that rich people should pay more so as to prevent austerity measures.
Haddon says that it is not simply an economic issue, but a "moral" one. The Daily Telegraph
says Mr Haddon was inspired by Warren Buffet's similar assertions after he discovered that his cleaner was paying a higher rate of tax than he was.
In an obvious reference to the widely held perception of bankers being only interested in profits, Haddon claimed there seem to be "more Bob Diamonds than Warren Buffets".
He also, in another equally topical and cutting observation, stated that he annoyed his accountant by insisting on paying all his due tax.
According to BBC News
, Haddon's best selling book has just been adapted for the stage by the National Theatre and is set to be broadcast live to cinemas across the globe next month. The book is also likely to be adapted for the silver screen by Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, which is a nicely ironic touch, as government ministers have repeatedly justified their austerity problems by denying there is a plan B.