BRITAIN'S Labour leader Ed Miliband was left looking bewildered on a TV debate after singer Myleene Klass ‘wiped the floor’ with him over his mansion tax policies.
Mr Miliband could have been forgiven for expecting an easy ride after two weeks of turmoil surrounding his leadership but the Labour leader had clearly not reckoned on such a formidable opponent.
Miss Klass, a former singer with pop group Hearsay and TV presenter, joined business leaders, celebrities and politicians in her condemnation of Labour’s pledge to impose a tax on homes worth more than £2 million, and tore into Mr Miliband on ITV’s The Agenda on Monday night.
The singer told the Labour leader: “For me, it's so disturbing - the name in its own right: ‘mansion tax’. Immediately you conjure up an image of these Barbie-esque houses, but in London, which is where 80 per cent of the people who will be paying this tax actually live, have you seen what that amount of money can get you? It's like a garage.
“When you do look at the people who will be suffering this tax, it's true a lot of them are grannies who have had these houses in their families for a long, long time.
“The people who are the super-super rich buying their houses for £140 million, this is not necessarily going to affect them because they've got their tax rebates and amazing accountants. It's going to be the little grannies who have lived in those houses for years and years.”
Mr Miliband replied: “I totally understand that people don't like paying more in tax. The values of my government are going to be different to the values of this government.”
Fellow guest Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to the US, joined in the discussion by telling Mr Miliband: “You're going to screw me royally.”
Trying to diffuse the situation, host Tom Bradby said: “Ed's getting a bit isolated here.”
But Miss Klass interrupted, saying: “Ed's getting isolated because no one thinks it is going to work.
“You may as well just tax me on this glass of water. You can't just point at things and tax them.
"You need to have a better strategy and say why is the NHS in this mess in the first place?”
The confrontation immediately started trending on Twitter, with TV viewers describing how the singer was 'wiping the floor' with the Labour leader.