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8 April 2010

Does Cameron agree with Michael Caine on “3.5 million layabouts”?

Rich actor wants to stay rich. Shock.

By James Macintyre

It’s being reported as news that Michael Caine, the Thatcherite actor who left “communist” Britain in the 1970s, is backing David Cameron’s Conservatives.

In fact, Caine came out for the Tories last year after slamming Labour for taxing those earning more than £150,000 at 50p in the pound. At that point, he threatened to leave the UK again if tax got any higher.

All good, Tory stuff, and Caine’s presence beside David Cameron today shows how much the Tories are convinced tax cuts are the key to winning this election, despite warnings, such as this excellent one from Anatole Kaletsky.

But perhaps Cameron should be asked if he agrees with these comments from his new best friend:

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“We’ve got 3.5 million layabouts laying about on benefits, and I’m 76, getting up at 6am to go to work to keep them.”

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