Bersani rules out new wealth tax, to concentrate on IMU
'I'm no Robespierre' says PD leader18 January, 11:52
''I do not intend to be a Robespierre,'' Bersani told Radio 24 of Italy's leading business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore in reference to the French revolutionary who instituted a reign of terror. ''We already have a wealth tax and it is IMU,'' he continued. ''We want to work on this, making it progressive in support of those in greatest difficulty''.
The introduction of a wealth tax has been at the centre of public debate since Monti took office to try to save the struggling economy in November 2011. Such a tax has broad support among left-wing politicians but meets with opposition from moderate members of the centre-left and the centre-right.