Melvin / John
Johns figures choose one example and one example in theory of what should be paid according to HMRC. They also focus just on direct taxation and dont include indirect taxation. They also dont reflect what propertions and levels of taxes are paid in reality.
Take a HO earnign 22k per year - they will pay about 42 or 43% of their income on direct and indirect tax (and will also receive less tax relief on pensions etc). A Chief Exec will pay less than 40% on £200k on direct and indirect taxes (and receive far more tax relief on pensions etc). That is the point i was making. Many indirect taxes (vat on fuel etc, etc) are broadly the same in amount irrespective of earnings and mean that the £200k pa salaried person will pay less as a proprtion of their income.
Johns analogy does hold for income tax alone - at least in theory - but when all taxes are considered they dont according to all of the national / international poverty charities etc.
Or put simply Karen Wilsons of this world will pay less of their salary in proportional terms than the tenants she bemoans as taking advantage of subsidised rents.