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    Pensioner goes to jail for refusing to pay council tax!

    Big story in the UK is how a pensioner has been sent to prison for not paying 70 of council tax after big increases in the last few months.. Wouldn't mind hearing peoples thoughts of it on here...

    Personally, I think the old dear has got what she deserves.. I don't buy into the "stand" she has made.. After all, couldn't we just send her somewhere where they don't have rubbish collection, buses, a state run eductation, health service etc. and see how she likes it? Pretty irresponsible IMO, she obviously has some money because people on basic state pension don't have to pay council tax, so its just the case of the law doing its job, shame it can't put some proper criminals away, but thats another matter altogether..
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    Definitely, she's also costing the system even more money by forcing the government to chase her through the courts and jail her. I say bring back capital punishment for refusing to pay taxes on moral grounds!
    Seriously though people like this annoy the hell out of me. Why do they think they're special and how can they expect there to be an adaquate provision of public services without taxation?
    If on the other hand she refused to pay because her money was being used to kill Iraqi civilians she might have a decent case...
    Anyhow someone's paid it for her now and they let her out.

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    But she's old ... have you no heart?


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    Quote Originally Posted by burkey_1988
    But she's old ... have you no heart?
    As Rich says she had enough money to be eligible for council tax. Frankly I don't care how old she is; she is deliberately breaking the law and costing me money as a taxpayer to prosecute her.

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    If she was out of pocket and only on the state pension, she wouldnt have to pay in the first place.. Age shouldnt come into it..

    This bint on the other hand is clearly enjoying her 15 minutes of fame though!

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    If it were me refusing to pay and I was sentenced, would anybody even be told?
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    If it were me refusing to pay and I was sentenced, would anybody even be told?
    I think they might have to tell you.
    Or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999
    I think they might have to tell you.
    hahaha, brilliant

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
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    Yeah, no sympathy. Refusing to pay taxes when you've got the money to do so because you don't want to support services that everybody uses is hardly a wonderful moral stand.
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    Interesting reaction, the UK papers have been totally the opposite, like she's some sort of hero or something.. Similar reaction on other forums as well

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    I think the magistrate said something like "you may consider yourself a martyr, but you're a very foolish person".

    Pretty much sums it up. Her entire argument seems to be: I'm old, so why should I pay? If she was in genuine need she'd qualify for Council Tax Benefit. Whatever happened to that nice Dr Shipman.....?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    Interesting reaction, the UK papers have been totally the opposite, like she's some sort of hero or something.. Similar reaction on other forums as well
    Yeah well. We're obviously hard-nosed cynics!
    As for the papers, sentiment sells.

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