Having chosen to swallow the red pill...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Stand your ground

I was just talking to my Mum today, who is currently over visiting us and she told me about an elderly lady in UK who has just been given a 3 month prison sentence for refusing to pay her council tax. The reason she has refused to pay it is that the street that she lives in has basically been turned into crack ally and not even the police dare to enter it. Because of the conditions in the street, they basically get none of the amenieties which are the right of tax payers. If the council is not willing to provide the same level of services to that street that it does to others, or indeed any services at all, then what benefit is the tax payer deriving from her contribution towards council costs? If she is deriving zero benefit because the council is not willing to provide basic services to her run-down street, then it follows logically that she shouldn't have to pay taxes. However this logical step seems to be an impossible leap for the local council to make, who seem to reason thus: If we give-up and provide no services to the people in this street, we can still collect tax of them with a good conscience. hmmmm. Obviously it is not quite as black and white as I have portrayed it and of course council taxc covers other areas than just her street services, but the principle is what is important here. Government, local and national just can't turn a blind eye to problems and expect their citizens to live with it and to pick-up the bill. Stiff upper lip may be useful for a hooker, but today civil protest is emerging as a sign that the average citizen has lost their faith in the government's ability to listen to them and to deal with matters of the people and they are taking matters into their own hands and taking a stand.

Well, this lady has made a stand and is engaging in age-old civil protest and as a result has received and is currently serving a three month prison service. The interesting flip side to this story is that the same local council has just given her a 1000 pound reward for her tireless service to the homeless. Go figure ?!?

7 Comments:

  • Everything is grey....



    Jakob

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:11 pm  

  • You back, me back.
    Time for some serious trouble.

    Da Bear.

    By Blogger Bear, at 4:26 pm  

  • I look forward to it, Mr. Bear

    By Blogger Paul, at 6:13 pm  

  • Lets start the fight with an evening of beer.

    Thats the proper way.

    Bear.

    By Blogger Bear, at 5:41 pm  

  • By the way....my Ju-jutsu isnt very active either.
    I am officially rated as a handicapped person. 50% handicap it is called. And it will stay like that. So I think that we will have to find other ways of "communicating" than kicking the shit out of eachother.

    Bear.

    Call me. Long time. Need update.

    By Blogger Bear, at 5:55 pm  

  • Oh...I forgot,

    If you were a brazilian fotballplayer your name would be NOBLECA.
    According to the excellent website http://www.minimalsworld.net/BrazilName/brazilian.shtml

    Extremely funny and silly.

    Bear a.k.a. Thomson.

    By Blogger Bear, at 6:46 pm  

  • Bear, I am going on holiday shortly and am a bit pressed for time, but I will get in touch with you on my return so we can catch-up properly.

    By Blogger Paul, at 10:09 pm  

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