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David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary, questioned why it was fair that children of rich pensioners "win the lottery" by inheriting the family home when they die. He said houses in London and the South East had boomed in price and the profits from such rises should be better redistributed to families in the North when the inhabitants pass away. Labour was forced to abandon plans for a 10 per cent levy on estates to pay for social care before the 2010 general election following a wave of criticism.
"Let me be really controversial: Why should their sons and daughters or nephews and nieces win the lottery when they die?
originally posted by: Pinke
The lottery? David Blunkett had some rich persons for grandparents.
Real question is why has it become so unpopular for families to build dynasties and progress as a group? Why do governments keep wanting to shrink what is considered family? Do they even know the benefits that inheritances have brought society? If a family wants to invest in a niece, nephew or cousin or whatever, why should they not be able to?
The group of families who continually manage to place their children in positions of power should be first to pay up.
originally posted by: uncommitted
I don't agree with his comments, but to suggest David Blunkett had rich grandparents couldn't be further off the mark.
originally posted by: Dabrazzo
Cant wait till the Queen kicks the bucket.