Ed Miliband reassured a concerned member of the public in Huddersfield this morning that he doesn’t use private healthcare. Indeed, apparently he doesn’t know anyone who does:
“Not me and not anyone I know.”
Unfortunately not everyone got the memo. Here is Labour’s star new endorser Martin Freeman speaking to the Sunday Times in 2012:
“I live in a big house and I clearly have more money than anybody in the history of my family and that’s afforded me more choice. Do I use the private sector? Yes. I do because I can and I realise that the difference between the people who do and don’t is the wherewithal to do it. Do I support the NHS? Of course I f****** do. I still use it, but would I use private healthcare? Yes. I’ve got a map on my wall of Victorian London that cost 6½ grand, so why, if someone from my family needed something that was life or death, would I not spend my money on that?”
More joined up campaigning from Labour…
“I don’t know about you, but my values are about community”, says Martin Freeman in Labour’s election broadcast. “The bottom line is what values are we choosing, because in the end this choice we make really does matter,” adds the multimillionaire. Freeman declares that Labour “start from the right place – community, compassion, fairness – I think all the best things about this country”.
That “fairness” in the “community” does not stretch to his own family though. The “values” that Freeman chooses encompass sending his young son to the elite Lochinver House School in Potters Bar for the compassionate sum of £12,669 per year. Onwards, to socialism comrades…
Labour have wheeled out Tim from The Office, aka Martin Freeman, as their latest celebrity endorsement. Freeman, who is worth £10 million, told the Guardian in 2005 that he supported “Socialist Labour” but would not be voting for Labour under Blair again. Guess Miliband meets that criteria.
Back in 2013 it was widely reported that Freeman allowed his long-term partner and fellow luvvie Amanda Abbington to go bankrupt after she was whacked with a £120,000 tax bill. At the time the Mirror described the arrangement under the headline “Morally Bankrupt” as:
“an absolute disgrace… Amanda has been with Martin for 10 years and they have two kids – even if she really is skint why on earth can’t he chip in and help out with the bill?.. because she and her multi-millionaire partner can afford a fancy accountant, she doesn’t have to either, because he’s found her a way out of it”
Did Labour know about their star celeb’s past before they lined up his endorsement today?