Peace Tax Seven; War pours our tax money down the drain

Simon Bridewell

Around thirty supporters assembled outside the court building where last month the judge found in favour of the Inland Revenue in their claim against Robin Brookes for outstanding income tax. Local press interest was high, with photographers and journalists from the Swindon Advertiser, Western Daily Press, and BBC radio Swindon.

Accompanied by two friendly Community Support Officers, the assembled campaigners set off on a meandering route through the town centre, distributing leaflets explaining the Peace Tax Seven campaign, and carrying placards with ideas for better ways of spending the military budget – clean water, bread, education and conflict prevention.

Arriving outside the tax office in Wiltshire Court, Robin read out the letter of protest which he was to hand in to the Inland Revenue, before symbolically putting the outstanding tax money into an improvised “drain”. A small deputation took the drain, with money, to the post office to pay in, because the Inland Revenue apparently no longer accept payment at their offices.

Finally, Robin handed in his letter of protest at the tax office, although the reception staff didn’t want to let anyone in, and didn’t seem interested in talking to anyone.

Report in the  Western Daily Press 
Peace Tax Seven web site: 

Fellow peace tax protester Lis Davidson will be paying her withheld tax under protest in Liverpool on Tuesday 23rd May. Supporters are asked to assemble 12:30pm in Derby Square by the Queen Vic. Contact peacetaxprotest.lpool [at] for more information.




May 2006

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