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Complaining about being taxed too heavily for being a highly paid film star does scant justice to actor's work

It verges on comical, Ray Winstone's complaint about high tax. Wasn't he paying any attention when he was starring in Robin of Sherwood? More seriously, Winstone has also acted in films such as Nil by Mouth and Scum – brilliant examples of British social-realist cinema. He nevertheless has so little insight into the current state of this country that he reckons this is a good time to complain about being "raped" by high taxes. Not that there's ever a good time to suggest that you've been raped by anyone or anything apart from, let's see … Yes, a RAPIST. Like in, say, Scum. Watch one or two of those movies you've been in, loving your work while you are being well rewarded for it, Ray, and learn something from them. The rest of us watch them, after all – that's what pays your apparently meagre wages.

Deborah Orr

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