Sir Richard Branson has warned that airline Virgin Atlantic needs government support to survive.
In response the Treasury have offered him back ‘every single penny that he has paid in UK tax for the past 14 years.’
Chancellor Rishi Sunak described it as an ‘unprecedented offer’ but said that he cannot extend it to others as ‘to do so would cost the government money they can ill afford’.
Asked how much the offer to Branson would cost the UK taxpayer, Mr Sunak said he hasn’t yet calculated it exactly but believes it to be ‘in the region of fuck all.’
The boss of the Virgin Group said he was not asking for a handout, but a commercial loan, believed to be £500m.
This despite the fact that he has a personal fortune of approx. £5.2bn and he owns a fucking island.
Sir Richard said, ‘I’ve seen lots of comments about my net worth – but that is calculated on the value of Virgin businesses around the world before this crisis, not sitting as cash in a bank account ready to withdraw.’
A GoFundMe page has now been set up which aims to deliver food parcels and handfuls of change to poor old Richard in these most testing of times for him.
Meanwhile Virgin Australia is set to go out of business too. Virgin Australia is jointly owned by Branson, Etihad, Singapore Airlines and China’s HNA.
And experts have said they are ‘lost for suggestions’ as to where any of those might find a few quid to get them through this.
In an open letter Sir Richard said, ‘Many airlines around the world need government support and many have already received it.’
In an open reply, Mr Sunak told Branson he ‘should have thought about that before you fucked off to your little tax haven with no consideration for those you were scamming.’