Robin Gibb - Robin Gibb 'Furious' Over War Memorial Tax Bill
Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is fuming over U.K. authorities' plans to tax a London war memorial, calling the $800,000 (£500,000) bill "absolutely shameful".
The singer has spearheaded a fundraising appeal for the monument, which is currently being built in the British capital's Green Park and honours airmen who lost their lives in World War II.
The Bomber Command Memorial Fund was recently hit with a demand for Value Added Tax (Vat), which Gibb has branded "repulsive".
He tells Britain's Daily Express, "I am furious about this Vat bill. It is an insult to the British people. It makes no sense whatsoever. It is almost as if it has been done in spite. It is absolutely repulsive.
"When our country's back was to the wall the brave young men of Bomber Command delivered. They enabled Europe to enjoy the longest peace there has ever been. What kind of message does it send to our troops in Afghanistan when this memorial is treated like this?"
Now Gibb is urging officials to withdraw the bill, adding, "Imposing Vat on this monument is a dirty thing to do. This is a charity. Nobody is making a profit. I want the Government to waive the Vat. To them the sum involved is a pittance but charging it is absolutely shameful, especially when you think of the billions the Government gives to the E.U. (European Union) every year."