Report: UK's Clegg says rich must shoulder bigger burden

By REUTERS
August 29, 2012 04:08

 
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LONDON - British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called on Wednesday for an emergency tax on Britain's wealthiest people while the country fights an "economic war".

Clegg said Britons of "very considerable personal wealth" must be called on to make a greater contribution towards the "national effort", as Britain tackles a longer than expected recession.

"If we are going to ask people for more sacrifices over a longer period of time, a longer period of belt tightening as a country, then we just have to make sure that people see it is being done as fairly and as progressively as possible," Clegg said in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.

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