By Marcus Leach
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said, in an interview with the Guardian, that the UK's wealthiest people could be asked to pay more tax for a limited period.
The debate over higher tax rates for the rich has been ongoing for months now, and it would appear Mr Clegg believes those with 'very considerable' wealth should be paying more to ensure society remains prosperous and cohesive.
However, his comments have not been warmly accepted, with Tory MP Bernard Jenkin claiming that the deputy prime minister was taking people 'for fools' and promoting 'the politics of envy'.
"In addition to our standing policy on things like the mansion tax, is there a time-limited contribution you can ask in some way or another from people of considerable wealth so they feel they are making a contribution to the national effort?" he said.
Mr Clegg said fairness was key to the next steps in tackling the "longer economic war".
"While I am proud of some of the things we have done as a government I actually think we need to really hard-wire fairness into what we do in the next phases of fiscal restraint," he said.
"If we don't do that I don't think the process will be either socially or politically sustainable or acceptable."
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