Mr Hopkins, a lifelong socialist, added: “The system is ridiculous. I have signed an Early Day Motion calling for the nationalisation of all second homes. If the state owned flats and rented them out to MPs, there wouldn’t be any problems about second home allowances or switching homes from one place to another and you wouldn’t have these problems with capital gains tax.”Kelvin Hopkins was a former trade unionist who took the view that he should be careful with public money; what a stark contrast with the reported comments of the Speaker of the House (Times), who allegedly said to a senior MP,
I have been a trade unionist all my life. I did not come into politics not to take what is owed to me.We should be thankful that there are at least some MPs who have taken a view diametrically opposed to that of Speaker Martin, who by-the-by does not deserve the continued confidence of the House. And the trade union movement should be grateful for Kelvin Hopkins.