Law and Order Priorities

#1
Another example of what the justice system deems to be worthy of jail time in our overcrowded prison system...meanwhile, there have been numerous cases of bailed and paroled offenders killing the innocent.

To paraphrase a saying: one council tax refuser can be sent to jail...one thousand council tax refusers can't.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/northamptonshire/4221728.stm

Tax rebel vicar is sent to jail

The Reverend Ridley had been warned he faced jail
A retired vicar has been jailed for 28 days for refusing to pay what he called an "unfair" increase in council tax.
The Reverend Alfred Ridley, 71, of Towcester, Northants, was jailed for ignoring a court order that he repay £691 in arrears to his local authority.

He had been given a suspended sentence in July but refused to comply with the court order to repay the money.

Mr Ridley was told by Towcester Magistrates there was "no alternative" but to jail him.

Magistrate John Woollett told him: "We have been very patient with you, we have tried to encourage you to pay this money."

The dispute arose when the council announced it was increasing its annual tax by 8.5% in one go. Mr Ridley and wife Una refused to pay a rise above the rate of inflation.

Eventually they £541 arrears but court and bailiff costs have increased this sum to £691.

Mr Ridley has always said he was prepared to pay last year's council tax level with an increase for inflation, but no more.

He had arrived at court on every occasion with his toothbrush and hoped to be jailed each time to make a point about council tax increases at levels above inflation.

Mr Ridley told the court: "I am saying that I am not going to pay an illegal council tax demand.

"No one should pay an illegal council tax demand."

The pensioner, who has a slight heart condition, was led away to begin his sentence at the high security Woodhill jail in Milton Keynes that has housed the Soham murderer Ian Huntley.

Mrs Ridley, 70, said: "I am very proud of him. I hope people realise that this is a serious situation. We want the government and the councils to get together. Tax should be on people's ability to pay."

Mrs Ridley said she expected her husband to be moved from the high security jail after a short period, but did not know where he will serve most of his sentence.

The couple's son Joel, a 30-year-old chef, said: "He has been prepared to go to prison all along."
 
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#2
How can the courts justify sending a 71yr old priest to a high security prison when his only crime was refusing to pay his council tax.
 
#3
Goku said:
How can the courts justify sending a 71yr old priest to a high security prison when his only crime was refusing to pay his council tax.
The government will have made sure that the court sent this clearly dangerous man to prison. If they didn't, other pensioners will be withholding their Council tax before you know it, and then there'd be no money for councils to spend on printing leaflets in a thousand languages, or providing teenage chav mothers with houses, or sending car thieves, muggers and vandals on adventure training hols, and turkey twizzlers to turn children into car thieves etc., and fund non-jobs for lefties (diversity officers and so on).

The Council that brought the case are a disgrace too - I note they are using the 'just following orders' excuse.
 
#4
A high security prison!!!!!!!!!

FFS! what do they expect this man to do? Inform the rest of the prison population about the real face of big brother and revolt against the party??? :roll:
 
#6
We should all be like him and make a stand. Councils have to realise they can't simply keep putting taxes up and up each year and expect everybody to be able to afford it.
 
#7
If enough people refused to pay (say a couple of thousand) then the authorities could not jail them or put them through the courts without the media having a field day because of the impact on other cases (such as antisocial behaviour). Even better if they are OAPs.

Moreover, if the local authorities or the government tried to come down heavy handed by staging special court sittings, then this would cause even more PR trouble.

All it takes is some organisation. It worked for the poll tax.
 
#9
MrPVRd said:
Another example of what the justice system deems to be worthy of jail time in our overcrowded prison system...meanwhile, there have been numerous cases of bailed and paroled offenders killing the innocent.
Well the muggers and murders have only offended against other people.

This priest has offended against the state and that is a much more serious offence. :roll:

Funny how if I do the same thing it is called "demanding money with menaces" but if the state does it it is called "Tax"!

Anyone know what will happen with about the money he owes when he comes out of nick? Will he still have to pay it or does his jail time mean that he has been deemed to have paid it?

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#10
We had a whole village withhold their council Tax last year in protest about a pikey infestation that the council refused to deal with.

As far as I can remember they all got away with it, I may be wrong.
 

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