When asked, most people think it only right and proper that the wealthier a person is, then naturally the more they should pay, simply by definition of the fact they can afford to.
However, when Theresa May and her cronies, together with all the other wealthy, liberal elite of the establishment are asked whether they think it is right the wealthy should pay more in income tax than those less well off, they always come out with the same rehearsed reply, in order to obfuscate the issue.
They will state that the top 10% (or whatever it is) of top earners, contribute the largest percentage of the overall income tax take; a typically disingenuous answer, deliberately designed to conflate the rate of tax with the amount of tax paid and thereby portray the impression that they do somehow pay more tax.
It is a perfect example of simply using statistics (see Statistics under 'Articles', top of homepage for exposition), in order to distort and subsequently, mask the truth.
Doubtless they do represent the largest proportion of tax payments; that may well be true.
But that does not demonstrate or indeed mean they actually pay more, as there is only an idealistic, single higher rate of income tax.
So Irrespective of whether you earn £50,000 a year or £5,000,000 a year, you pay the same 40% rate on earnings.
You don't pay any more income tax by way of a higher rate, no matter how much you earn.
All their argument demonstrates is exactly just how much an obscene amount of wealth, is actually held by such a minority of people.
They fact they have so much more than anyone else put together, actually manages to pervert the statistics of the contributions of millions of other tax payers combined.
It simply shows that they pay the largest percentage share of income tax revenue, purely by virtue of the volume of money they earn, not because they actually have to pay a higher rate of tax.
There is of course a bitter irony in the deception of a Tory Prime Minister claiming the rich pay more income tax than anyone else.
Funnily enough, extreme high earners used to pay a higher rate of income tax, but somewhat bizarrely given all the rhetoric, it was the Tories who made it a 'priority' to reduce it from 50p in the pound, to the same 40p as everyone else in the first place.
By definition therefore, the top 10% percent of earners do not pay any more tax than most other people in this country, even though they are financially, substantially worse off.
The wealthy should have to actually pay more tax, by definition.