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I was wrongly jailed over council tax
10:33am Wednesday 8th August 2012 in Letters
WIRRAL Council claims that I was imprisoned for non-payment of council tax. I claim that it was an attempt to shut me up for my efforts to expose a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
On the July 2, I was incarcerated for 21 days for 'wilfully refusing' to pay my council tax. In my view this judgement was a serious distortion of the facts and contrary to evidence.
I have previously written to the council and offered to pay my council tax conditional upon them proving that it is lawful – which they have failed to do.
Why? Because council tax from its inception is unlawful and this being the case it is not only my right to refuse to pay it, but it is my duty not to do so.
Furthermore the council have an obligation to demonstrate its legitimacy where there is just cause to challenge its tax-collecting authority - it is called 'holding the executive to account' a basic principle of democracy.
Withholding tax is a fundamental right protected by our constitution and the rule-of-law – the outcome of which should be a proper court hearing with a jury where any claimed criminality could be fully tested by the law.
Roger Hayes by email.