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I’d rather go to jail than pay bedroom tax

Issue No. 2350

Many of those hit by the bedroom tax have a history of fighting Tory attacks. John Flanagan, who lives in Uddingston, is one of them.

“My uncle John was a miner,” he told Socialist Worker. “He’d never been in trouble a day in his life, but they lifted him during the miners’ strike.

“My younger brother was a miner too, and one of my cousins. Round here there were whole families of miners, steelworkers and shipbuilders and all of that has been taken away.”

John said he “jumped for joy” when Thatcher died. “We’ve all suffered enough here and we’re being hit again by this bedroom tax,” he said.

John’s daughter and grandchildren can stay with him because he has room for them—but the bedroom tax threatens that. 

But he said, “I defied the poll tax and I’ll defy this too. I’d rather go to prison than pay.”

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