Get Shirty with Brown
The Daily Telegraph; London (UK); Dec 5, 2002
Last month we reported that the German singer Elmar Brandt
was top of the charts with Der Steuersong (The Tax Song), which attacked the
tax rises imposed by Gerhard Schroder. We suggested a similar theme would go
down well here, and were delighted when Kenney Jones, former drummer of The
Who, announced that he would release Mr Brown, You're Robbing Me.
Now the Germans have had another good idea. A web
designer, Christian Stein, has suggested that his fellow countrymen should
send the Chancellor, literally, "the shirts off our backs" in
protest at the level of tax. The campaign has been so successful that 1,000
old shirts a day have been flooding into the chancellery in Berlin.
Tony Blair is, of course, Mr Schroder's opposite number
here. But Gordon Brown has the title of Chancellor. And it is Mr Brown who
has been responsible for putting up our taxes. If you think you are paying
too much, send him the shirt off your back at 11 Downing Street, London SW1A