The cover page of designer Stella McCartney’s online store, reassures us with the message: “We are all in this together.”
Firms can claim up to 80 per cent of wages to a maximum of £2500 but McCartney – despite her reported £60million wealth – has told her staff she doesn’t plan to top up their wages.
Her mate Victoria Beckham, said to be worth about £335million, has used the same scheme to pay furloughed staff from her failing business.
McCartney has a turnover of £500million a year, flogging overpriced clothes, some made by workers who certainly can’t afford a £400 pair of strappy sandals.
Beckham’s vanity project of a business was failing and is now being propped up by the taxpayer, while only last week she gushed over those plucky NHS staff risking their lives for us all.
You may have missed McCartney’s woke messaging on her online site – if, like me, you can’t afford a grand for a skirt or a 300 quid scarf, which can double as a hankie to absorb your tears.
There are free nuggets of joy to be had on the site, for those out there attempting to survive on buttons – although not designer, like Stella’s.
The designer launched Stellavision – her own online “channel for us all to come together and share the ways we are thriving and surviving in this new reality”.
So, take a moment from your nervous breakdown and feeding a family on a tin of beans and tune in.
Watching Stella challenging celebrities to slide down a set of stairs on a duvet will have you laughing – manically, like Jack Torrance (Johnny) from The Shining.
She says: “Tune in for hope and optimism. By staying positive and connected, we can make the best of every day and continue moving towards a better tomorrow.”
McCartney’s staff would have prefered to “stay connected” to their original salary.
Paul McCartney sang “Money can’t buy me love” – but someone should remind his daughter that cash is essential at the Aldi checkout.
McCartney, a vegetarian, has never used fur, feathers or animal glues in her label and has campaigned for endangered species.
Great – but now the species under attack is human and public funding is needed on the frontline of saving lives, not in her stuffed, bespoke pockets.
Sir Richard Branson yesterday pledged his luxury island resort as collateral to help get a £500million UK Government bailout of his stricken airline Virgin Atlantic.
Branson pays no personal tax in the UK as he owns his own tax haven of Necker.
But he said: “My wife and I did not leave Britain for tax reasons but for our love of the beautiful British Virgin Islands and, in particular, Necker Island.”
Pull the other one, Richard – it’s got bells on and in your case a servant turns up.
Branson may love to project the image of a laid-back, floppy-haired and grinning flower child but he is a selfish, egotistical money-grabber.
This is a man whose health arm Virgin Care successfully sued the NHS in 2016 for an undisclosed sum after missing out on an £82million contract to provide health services in Surrey.
Hypocrites like McCartney and cynical tax avoiders like Branson have always been around – it’s just that the coronavirus makes them seem all the more distasteful.
I would suggest we boycott their companies but most of us could never afford them anyway.
It’s sickening but don’t throw up – food costs money.