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I was born in a coal mining village in the North East of England and am the first male in my family not to be a coal miner. My father worked at the Rising Sun Pit and both my grandfathers worked at Backworth Colliery.
I get so angry when people assume that high-earners are all "Champagne Charlies" working in the City. We're not like that at all, we work hard. I've never had an inheritance or family money. I've achieved everything through hard work.
I'm self-employed and this year my taxable income will be over £150,000. I started my own company in 2002 with £1,000 I'd saved from a previous job.
I'm 24 years old and went to a normal grant-maintained school in Staffordshire. My social life is non-existent, I spend all my time working and I don't go on holiday, I don't have the time. I'm busy building up my business and working hard.
I'm from Staffordshire and this is where I've built up my business but now I'm seriously thinking about moving abroad. I feel I've been forced out of the UK economy.
I just think "what's the point?", I'm giving away hard-earned money and I'm not confident that the government is spending it on the right things.