Man on BBC Question Time slammed by viewers for insisting he’s not in top 5% of earners despite £80,000 salary

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An audience member of BBC Question Time has caused an online storm after claiming that his £80,000 salary is ‘below average’.

During last night’s episode, the man went off on a heated rant about Labour’s manifesto and the government party’s plans to tax the top 5% of earners in the country.

He claimed he is “nowhere near” the top 5 per cent of earners in the UK – despite his high annual income.

Unsurprisingly, many BBC viewers took to Twitter to call the man out on his claims, with one user saying it’s “Amazing how detached from reality some people are.”

Another also said: “Josie Hall said: “God, I would love to earn £80,000 a year! My husband and I run a two-man business, work hard and earn not a fraction of that! Yet every year we pay corporation tax and happy and willing to pay more so we are all secure! I just don’t understand.”



But the man said he wasn’t even in the top 50% of earners, and said every doctor and solicitor in the country earned more

During the rant, Labour MP Richard Burgon told the man, who is an IT consultant and champion TT biker: “We are not going to raise income tax for anybody apart from the top 5% of earners.”

But the audience member shot back: “I am nowhere near in the top 5% of earners, let me tell you, I’m not even in the top 50%.”

Other people in the audience were shocked and confused by his conclusions and Mr Burgon and host Fiona Bruce even tried to explain how workers earning £80,000 are in fact in the top 5 per cent.

However, he still insisted that he wasn’t and went on to say: “”Every doctor in the country earns more than that, every solicitor earns more than that, that’s not 5%.”

“Looking for a job in Bolton, I heard they pay £80,000 a year paye. I’m in”

The Labour MP mentioned that not all solicitors earn more than £80,000 and pointed out that he was receiving £40,000 when was worked as one.

In an attempt to clarify, Fiona Bruce then asked whether people that are earning £80,000 are in the top 5%, to which Mr Burgon replied: “Yes”.


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Continuing to have his say, the audience member hit back by adding: “The top 5% don’t even work, because they’re rich. So they’re not employees.

“I would like to call Labour out as liars. I am one of them people he will tax more and I am nowhere near in the top five so I am calling you a liar. That 5% is a lie, I am nowhere near that and you are going to tax me as an employee.

“You are not going after the billionaires, you are going after the employees because its easy money and I have no choice because its PAYE.”



The man said he earned more than £80,000 a year but was not in the top 5% of earners

Despite the IT consultant’s adamant claims, many people headed to Twitter to have their say on the matter.

Tom Joad said: “The beauty of a manifesto that only raises taxes for those earning over £80,000 a year is that it only highlights the greed of those affected when they shout about it like this idiot did.”

Another wrote: “And here lies the problem. He wasn’t having it, & I suspect that no amount of factual evidence will convince him, because of what he *feels* to be true.”

However, one user tweeted: “I like BBC Question Time. Although it’s always a remainer panel, it’s the rare event when leave voters and ordinary people are allowed on television to speak their minds and when they do it always makes me feel proud to be British Last night was a classic”

“Amazing how detached from reality some people are”

The average amount of income in Britain is around £28,000.

Those who earn more than £75,300 are within the top 5 per cent, according to official government figures.

The top 1 per cent are those who earn more than £166,000. More than half of these people live in London and parts of south-east England.

According to the party’s manifesto , the party tax changes are expected to apply the 45p additional rate on earnings over £80,000 instead of the current threshold of £150,000.

This would mean that under a Labour government, the man would have to pay about an extra £50 for every £1,000 he earns over £80,000 – excluding any other changes to the system.



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