Ugly Government

January 16, 2008 11:44 AM

Barnet_14108_006_a“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people”


If only…


TPA Activist Barbara Lockwood contacted me this morning about a council tax story she’d heard on local Norfolk radio. After a little investigation, we found this disgraceful example of tyrannical government:


“Bailiffs are to crack down on at least 500 people who failed to pay council tax and business rates. North Norfolk District Council said bailiffs were prepared to take possession of goods and property unless debtors arranged to pay what they owed. "Those being targeted have had at least four chances to pay," a spokesman said.


"They will have goods or property seized and sold at auction to collect a total of £616,000 unpaid council tax or business rates," he said.”


You can read the rest of the story here.


Compare these figures for a moment: North Norfolk District Council spent £600,000 on its publicity in 2007, an increase of 22% in the last ten years.  Council Tax has gone up by 100% in the last ten years.  And councils still want more. 


North Norfolk District Council is abusing its power to invade YOUR property, to take YOUR possessions all in order to pay off £600,000 of council tax it claims is owed.  It's first duty is to ensure services are delivered at as little cost to the taxpayer as possible.  It's response should be to cut spending on publicity and council perks, not sending in bully boys to threaten and frighten pensioners.


So if you are in North Norfolk and are making a stand against the Council, who by this one example of publicity spending are squandering too much of your money, contact me so we can rally TPA supports and activists to join you in protest. It’s time we told government to buck their ideas up and back off!

Barnet_14108_006_a“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people”


If only…


TPA Activist Barbara Lockwood contacted me this morning about a council tax story she’d heard on local Norfolk radio. After a little investigation, we found this disgraceful example of tyrannical government:


“Bailiffs are to crack down on at least 500 people who failed to pay council tax and business rates. North Norfolk District Council said bailiffs were prepared to take possession of goods and property unless debtors arranged to pay what they owed. "Those being targeted have had at least four chances to pay," a spokesman said.


"They will have goods or property seized and sold at auction to collect a total of £616,000 unpaid council tax or business rates," he said.”


You can read the rest of the story here.


Compare these figures for a moment: North Norfolk District Council spent £600,000 on its publicity in 2007, an increase of 22% in the last ten years.  Council Tax has gone up by 100% in the last ten years.  And councils still want more. 


North Norfolk District Council is abusing its power to invade YOUR property, to take YOUR possessions all in order to pay off £600,000 of council tax it claims is owed.  It's first duty is to ensure services are delivered at as little cost to the taxpayer as possible.  It's response should be to cut spending on publicity and council perks, not sending in bully boys to threaten and frighten pensioners.


So if you are in North Norfolk and are making a stand against the Council, who by this one example of publicity spending are squandering too much of your money, contact me so we can rally TPA supports and activists to join you in protest. It’s time we told government to buck their ideas up and back off!

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