Tuesday, April 24

Tales of a taxdodging U-kipper

Interesting to see that the Tom Wise approach to taxpayers is becoming ingrained in the UKIP psyche. UKIP candidate in Devon, John Kelly, has decided that he won't pay his council tax because East Devon District Council pays a small amount of money - which works out at about 5p per person per year - towards the South West Regional Assembly. Mr Kelly somewhat spuriously claims that the existence of regional assemblies is part of the 'EU plot' to break up the UK, conveniently ignoring the fact that they have been government policy for the past ten years.

Still, if John Kelly thinks that elected and more autonomous regional assemblies are a waste of space, doesn't this contradict UKIPs mantra about handing more powers to local communities. Also, if he objects to elected regional assemblies that would logically mean he is opposed to his party's elected MEPs in Brussels. But then UKIP never let consistency get in the way of a cheap publicity stunt.

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