I wrote about Leona Helmsley here a little while ago, and now she’s dead. That doesn’t bode well for Caroline Flint, who makes several appearances here, and in terms which make the “Queen of Mean” look like good company (as in “who would you rather sit next to at dinner – Caroline Flint or Leona Helmsley?” Give me Helmsley any time, especially now).
I was tipped off to La Helmsley’s demise by seeing that someone had used a search engine to look for Leona Helmsley Gordon Brown. An odd juxtaposition of search terms. What these two had in common (and the reason why they both turned up in a post of mine – see Brown meets the little people) was contempt for the “little people”. Helmsley famously said that “only the little people pay taxes”. Brown believes that everyone pays taxes except the very big ones, especially non-dom contributors to Labour party funds.
Gordon Brown’s view of the little people – Railtrack shareholders, pensioners and the like – is set out in my post Brown tramples on Losers and Grannies. Both tax cheats in their different ways, but Gordon Brown makes the late Leona Helmsley look positively benign.