In court: Paul Nicolson calls his fight an “act of civil disobedience” [Image: Evening Standard].

In court: Paul Nicolson calls his fight an “act of civil disobedience” [Image: Evening Standard].


Here’s a man who is willing to take a stand, no matter what the cost.

One wonders how many other people would dare to stand up against injustice in the same way?

A vicar has said he is prepared to be bankrupted and go to prison to highlight benefit cuts and charges he claims are “shortening people’s lives”.

The Reverend Paul Nicolson, 84, who lives in Tottenham, spoke out ahead of a court hearing to deal with his refusal to pay council tax since 2013.

He calls it an “act of civil disobedience” in a fight against tax and welfare policies which he says unfairly hit those on low incomes. “If you make people ill by not giving them enough income, forcing them into debt, you reduce the length of time they could possibly live,” he said. “National and local government are shortening people’s lives.”

About jail he said: “I’m absolutely ready for that. You don’t undertake civil disobedience without being able to take the consequences.” The retired reverend began refusing to pay council tax in 2013 as ministers brought in controversial housing benefit reform, including the “bedroom tax” and benefit cap.

Source: Vicar risks jail and bankruptcy in stand against cuts that hit the poor | Crime | News | London Evening Standard

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