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In 1997 singer Phil Collins said he would leave the country if Labour won the election. Labour won it in a landslide, which just goes to show the influence pop stars really wield.
But Collins was as good as his word, and lugged his estimated £130 million fortune to Switzerland where the tax regime is far less punishing for the super wealthy. It lead to accusations of hypocrisy - Collins is the singer who bemoaned the plight of the homeless in the song Another Day In Paradise, after all.
It also made him an easy target when future elections came round. “Vote Labour,” joked Noel Gallagher in 2005. “If you don’t and the Tories get in, Phil is threatening to come back from Switzerland and live here – and none of us want that.”
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