Although Sir Cliff Richard won praise in the Seventies for staying in Britain as Denis Healey taxed the rich “till the pips squeak”, the pop star has no trepidation about the Coalition’s plans to tackle the budget deficit.
“I’m officially a non-resident, although I will always be British and proud of it,” says Sir Cliff.
Latham tells Mandrake that the singer, who retains a flat in Sunningdale, Berkshire, has not paid tax to the British Government on money he earns outside the country for some years.
“It was more about downsizing his property porfolio than a reaction to any policies of this or the last government.”
Sir Cliff, 69, who will perform at the Royal Albert Hall in October, says he spends no more than “a week here, a week there” in Britain.
He has a flat, too, in New York and a farmhouse in Portugal, but he says he is thinking of selling off his Barbados estate – where Tony Blair has stayed – to live instead in a flat overlooking the beach, so he needn’t worry about the upkeep of his gardens.