While Miliband’s approach to the singer’s rant about Labour’s proposed mansion tax was a little too laid back for some political commentators, others criticised the pop star – who reportedly recently sold her London home for over £2million – for bemoaning the austerity measure purely because she would be in the minority of homeowners it would directly affect.
Pretty soon, that criticism turned to out-and-out cynicism, and a screenshot of a fake JustGiving page, asking for donations from people to help ‘poor Myleene Klass’ pay her mansion tax, started circulating on Twitter:
A number of news outlets reported on the page as if it was real. Turns out, it wasn’t. Which prompted the official JustGiving Twitter account to get involved with a gentle bit of trolling of its own:
Sorry Myleene! You can only fundraise for registered causes on JG. We work with some ace housing charities though... http://t.co/Fz8WZtGlhmJustGiving (@JustGiving) November 18, 2014
But it was Miliband who had the last laugh, albeit one of fairly epic cringe-worthy proportions. Enter the Hear’Say reference tweet:
Here’s why our NHS needs a mansion tax. It’s Pure and Simple. http://t.co/ol6eRj5aAWEd Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) November 18, 2014
The Labour leader was oddly paired with the pop star for the discussion on the ITV current affairs show on Monday evening.
“For me, it’s so disturbing – the name in its own right: ‘mansion tax’,” Klass said.
“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 £140million, 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.”
“I totally understand that people don’t like paying more in tax,” Miliband replied. “The values of my government are going to be different to the values of this government.”
In pictures: Ed Miliband trying to look normal
In pictures: Ed Miliband trying to look normal
1/17 The beggar
Ed Miliband casually gives money to a homeless woman in Manchester, surrounded by press photographers.
2/17 The Bacon Sandwich
Ed Miliband buys a bacon sandwich from cafe owner Antonios Foufas at New Covent Garden Market in London as he kicks off a day of campaigning on the eve of the local and European elections
3/17 The Bacon Sandwich
Ed Miliband chats with a cafe owner Antonios Foufas at New Covent Garden Market in London
4/17 The Bacon Sandwich
Ed Miliband embarked on a whirlwind campaign tour of England - but struggled at the first hurdle (a bacon sandwich). Aides intervened after just a few less-than-elegant bites
5/17 Flower Shopping
Ed Miliband talks with a couple of traders at New Covent Garden Market in London
6/17 Flower Shopping
Ed Miliband purchases some red roses for his wife at New Covent Garden Market in London
7/17 Talking Business
Ed Miliband talks with a trader at New Covent Garden Market in London
8/17 Good Morning Britain
Miliband on ITV's Good Morning Britain show on 20 May 2014, a day of gaffes in which he was also caught out by BBC Wiltshire for not knowing who the local Labour leader was
9/17 '£70 Weekly Shop'
Ed was accused of being 'out of touch with reality' after he seemed not to know what he - or the average British family - spends on a weekly food shop
10/17 Drop in Polls
Ed Miliband paid a visit to Leighton Hospital in Crewe to speak with the staff about the NHS, but faced difficult questions about polls showing his personal ratings falling well behind those David Cameron and George Osborne
11/17 On the Sofa with Farage
Ed Miliband appeared on the Andrew Marr Show to debate with Nigel Farage - but has all but conceded defeat in the Newark by-election, allowing Ukip a free run at the Tories
12/17 Wollies in Wellies
Miliband was among a number of politicians to come under fire for 'touring' the floods in the South and South West earlier this year
13/17 Wollies in Wellies
The Labour leader admitted it was 'a difficult decision for politicians whether to visit areas like this'
14/17 Missed Opportunity
Miliband's performance at the Labour conference last year failed to make much of an impression on voters, polls suggested
15/17 Sharing the Moment
Miliband, Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Angus Robinson enjoy their moment with Andy Murray, after the tennis player's Wimbledon win
16/17 Casual Husband
Miliband and his wife Justine are pictured in their hotel room in Brighton as he prepares to give his keynote speech to the annual Labour Party Conference
17/17 The Milibands
Just your average family of four?
Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British ambassador to the US, also took part in the debate, chiming in with this somewhat inward-looking observation: “You’re going to screw me royally.”
“Ed’s getting a bit isolated here,” host Tom Bradby interjected.
“Ed’s getting isolated because no one thinks it is going to work,” Klass retorted.
“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?”
Klass reportedly sold her home that she shared with her former husband Graham Quinn for approximately £2million last year.
Under Labour’s proposed mansion tax policy, properties advertised with a price tag exceeding £2million would come under the band.