477: PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY #26: REV PAUL FIGHTS ON FOR LONDON’S POOREST

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Retired Anglican vicar Paul Nicolson and I bump into each other occasionally at meetings of the local anarchist society, the Haringey Solidarity Group. I wrote about him before in the Post “Now that’s what l call Practical Christianity #14: Rev Paul” I think everyone at HSG was stunned at the way he put his money where his mouth was, and refused to pay his Council Tax, even though he could well afford it, as a gesture of solidarity with those local victims of government austerity who genuinely couldn’t.

The court case against him has now, 2 years later, come to fruition. Paul has won a high court legal challenge against the £125 he was fined for not paying because it could not be established how that figure was arrived at.

His next step is to ask the council auditors if the council does incur £125 in costs when it takes those on benefits to court for not paying their council tax.

Paul said “The poorest residents of Haringey are caught between the cuts of central government and the taxation of local government. The state creates unmanageable debt; then makes people sick with draconian enforcement.” Two things Paul has in his favour are an expert on local government law who gives him free advice and guides him through the the labyrinthine intricacies of local ‘democracy’, and support on his website where he has a large number of supporters. I hope to report on further developments in the campaign of this former Worker Priest.

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Sources:
Tottenham Independent, 5 June 2015, p.8
TaxpayersAgainstPoverty.org.uk

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