Let's get one thing straight immediately. I don't like the Council Tax and I want to see it replaced by a fairer system based on people's ability to pay. What else would you expect from a Liberal Democrat.But I do object strongly to people who deliberately refuse to pay their council tax in order to "make a point".
I say this in relation to a gentleman in Norfolk who is now being sent to prison for 34 days because he has again refused to pay his council tax.
If this man had a genuine problem paying his council tax, I would have every sympathy with him but he does not have a problem paying it, he simply refuses to in the belief that it is unfair.
His supporters paint the gentleman as "an ex soldier", which well he might be, but as someone who defended democracy it seems odd that he now feels the best way to deal with his concerns is defy the deomcratic will of the country. Like it or lump it, that's the coice. As lots of people are so keen to tell immigrants, if you come to Britain, then follow the rules.
Perhaps though, for me, the most hypocritical thing about the serial non payers' arguments is the line that they are "doing it for other pensioners". I guess these other pensioners are those who are having to pay ever more council tax (and taxes) in order to fund the councils efforts to collect the owed tax, the letters, the legal fees,the council staffing costs, the solicitors, the barristers and the court costs that have all been accrued due to the non payment of the tax in the first place because despire the council tax rebels liking to act as the heroes of the day, they are the villains of the show who actually cause our council tax to be higher than it should be due to their very non payment.
If people do want to make a stand against council tax then they should lobby their MP, join a pressure group, become a member of a political party that opposes council tax or do everything they can to ensure that the political party they support knows their conerns.
But don't refuse to pay, don't add to the burden that everyone else has to carry by acting like some sort of unwanted martyr claiming you are doing it for everyone else. It's simply self pitying and self indulgent rubbish.