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  • "Slumdog- I wasn't drawing a comparison between people not paying council tax on one side of the river or other. I was comparing the none payment of council tax on this side of the Mersey by one person, the admirable, if slightly eccentric, Mr Roger Hayes, on the grounds that he thinks the council tax is unlawful, and the £12 million owed by 'dem over der'. Whether Mr Hayes is right or wrong, the courts will decide. My little dig at the non-paying council tax scousers was an attempt to add weight to their inbred historical pride in being a little bit 'edgy'. After all, being called a 'scally' for normal people would be an insult, to the scouser it brings a warm glow of satisfaction. However, there's no need for you to feel upset on their behalf, the country has laughed its cotton socks off for years as Liverpool comics have made a good living telling jokes about their 'mates, like yer know, like lad' being much smarter than the rest of us at getting something for nothing. If you throw mud, even funny mud, it tends to stick. With regards to Mr. Hayes, I rather like the chap. I haven't read all the stuff regarding his case, but he, and his followers seem quite bright, obviously UKIP supporters, and this sort of thing does tend to add to the gaiety of the nation in these troubled times."
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'Don't get ideas' - council leader's warning to anyone considering joining tax rebellion

Stand-off: Scene at Birkenhead County Court yesterday

Stand-off: Scene at Birkenhead County Court yesterday

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Editor

The leader of Wirral Council has told anyone thinking of joining a rebel protest against paying council tax: "Don't get any ideas."

His call came after hundreds of anti-establishment demonstrators stormed Birkenhead County Court yesterday and "arrested" a judge.

Roads were blockaded and dozens of police officers deployed to keep order.

A stand-off followed with several demonstrators staging a sit-down protest in front of police vehicles, refusing to let them pass.

Several arrests were made and police dog-handlers called to the scene.

The protestors were from the anti-establishment "British Constitution Group."

The demonstration was sparked when one of the prominent voices in the BCG, Wirral man Roger Hayes, faced a hearing for non-payment of council tax.

Mr Hayes believes the tax is unlawful.

Today town hall chief Cllr Jeff Green told the Globe: “Have these people given any thought to what happens to the likes of Sure Start, public libraries or other services that people depend on?

"Not many people like paying tax but we accept the need for tax.

"I am disappointed that this case has been adjourned, but in the light of the events that took place, understand the court’s decision.

"However, before anyone else gets any ideas about not paying their council tax, let me assure everyone that Wirral Council is stepping up its activity to ensure that everyone pays their fair share.

"Nobody is above the law.”

Six people were arrested following yesterday's disturbance. Two are appearing before magistrates today.

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