Controversy has surrounded Boris Johnson’s plans to cut income tax for high earners by raising the 40% threshold from £50,000 to £80,000.
However the proposals have found support from some quarters, including a vociferous contributor to a west London radio phone-in show which was asking for people’s opinions on the Tory leadership contest.
The man, who hesitantly told listeners his name was Alex Pfeffel, was calling from Berkeley Square in Mayfair. He spoke passionately about Mr Johnson’s leadership manifesto, before entering the Hotsy Totsy lap dancing club to indulge in a rather different genre of passion.
“As I was saying to my pal Darius the other day, that bloke Boris is really in tune with what the ordinary British people want,” said Mr Pfeffel excitedly.
“I can assure you that on the streets of Barnsley they speak of little else other than the income tax injustice facing humble labourers such as marketing consultants desperately trying to eke out a living on a mere £79,999 per annum.
“I’m sure we all realise these poor people are forced to toil in the fields from dawn to dusk in a bid to just earn a paltry crust and keep a roof over their heads.”
Mr Pfeffel started to become agitated when DJ Tommy Dynamo, the presenter of Knob FM’s popular mid-morning show, remarked his voice sounded very similar to Boris Johnson’s.
“Don’t be a mutton-headed mugwump,” Mr Pfeffel retorted angrily. “I’m an ordinary sheet metal worker from north south east Yorkshire who just happens to be on a day out with me whippets in that there London when I tuned into your radio station.
“As my old mate Aristotle might say, “είστε ψεύτικα νέα.”
When Mr Dynamo asked the caller whether he thought Mr Johnson would win the leadership contest, Mr Pfeffel replied: “Yes of course that’ll happen, or my name’s not Bor……Alex.”