Direct Democracy and Tax [the Magna Carta and lawful rebellion]

In a direct democracy, the people themselves will be able to set tax rates and to decide upon all aspects of fiscal policy.

Until the UK chooses to reform to direct democracy and, if you are unhappy about your tax being spent on any specific policy you can either protest, or take direct action. If direct action, Article 61 of the Magna Carta states how and why tax payers have the legal right [since 1215] to with-hold tax payments from the Treasury and because the Magna Carta was not created by Parliament, no government can lawfully repeal any of the articles within it without public consent.

In 1297 Parliament passed the Parliament Act which in-short, was an edited version of the 1215 Magna Carta. Article 61 and anything that related to lawful rebellion was removed and establishment propagandists have since attempted to make it function as a replacement for the Magna Carta. However, according to UK contract law, when new acts or charters conflict with existing ones and their existing articles, these new acts and charters then become unlawful.

To summarise; if an agreement, contract or charter states that clauses and articles can only be repealed or modified with the mutual consent of all parties, then according to UK law, no additional separate agreements, contracts or charters can replace the original agreement. Laws, acts and charters do not become obsolete without repeal and as none of the articles within the 1215 Magna Carta have ever been modified or repealed by any of the involved parties, the Parliament Act of 1297 becomes unlawful.

No UK government has ever had to answer to its violation of this aspect of contract law and as such, we hope that a movement to push for this could come through your refusal to fund unjust policies.

The lawful way to with-hold tax payments via Article 61 of the Magna Carta are as follows:

Working PAYE

1. Notify HMRC in writing that you are invoking Article 61 of the Magna Carta [inform them of your tax code].

2. List the government policies that you are unhappy with your tax payments funding and fully explain your reasons [be specific about how you feel about these particular policies]. The government will then have forty days to amend or repeal the policies and if they fail to do so, you then have the legal right to continue to with-hold tax payments.

3. Inform HMRC that you are also informing your employer of your right and will to invoke Article 61 of the Magna Carta.

4. Notify your employer in writing that you have notified HMRC of your right and will to invoke Article 61 of the Magna Carta and that they must therefore cease deducting tax payments from you and that any issues they may have about you invoking Article 61 of the Magna Carta and about them not deducting your tax payments must be addressed by HMRC directly and not by yourself. While knowing that you are not legally qualified to answer to such issues and after being advised by you to approach HMRC to resolve any issues, questioning you would therefore constitute harassment and maybe also obstruction [depending upon their will to comply with your lawful request to invoke Article 61 of the Magna Carta].

Working self employed

1. Notify HMRC in writing that you are invoking Article 61 of the Magna Carta [include your self assessment account details].

2. List the government policies that you are unhappy with your tax payments funding and fully explain your reasons [be specific about how you feel about these particular policies]. The government will then have forty days to amend or repeal the policies and if they fail to do so, you then have the legal right to continue to with-hold tax payments.

Article 61 of the Magna Carta

PA Video PA direct democracy video: The Magna Carta and Article 61 [Lawful Rebellion]
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In as much as, for the sake of God, and for the bettering of our realm, and for the more ready healing of the discord which has arisen between us and our barons, we have made all these aforesaid concessions, wishing them to enjoy for ever entire and firm stability, we make and grant to them the following security: that the baron, namely, may elect at their pleasure twenty five barons from the realm, who ought, with all their strength, to observe, maintain and cause to be observed, the peace and privileges which we have granted to them and confirmed by this our present charter. In such wise, namely, that if we, or our justice, or our bailiffs, or any one of our servants shall have transgressed against any one in any respect, or shall have broken one of the articles of peace or security, and our transgression shall have been shown to four barons of the aforesaid twenty five: those four barons shall come to us, or, if we are abroad, to our justice, showing to us our error; and they shall ask us to cause that error to be amended without delay. And if we do not amend that error, or, we being abroad, if our justice do not amend it within a term of forty days from the time when it was shown to us or, we being abroad, to our justice: the aforesaid four barons shall refer the matter to the remainder of the twenty five barons, and those twenty five barons, with the whole land in common, shall distrain and oppress us in every way in their power - namely, by taking our castles, lands and possessions, and in every other way that they can, until amends shall have been made according to their judgment. Saving the persons of ourselves, our queen and our children. And when amends shall have been made they shall be in accord with us as they had been previously. And whoever of the land wishes to do so, shall swear that in carrying out all the aforesaid measures he will obey the mandates of the aforesaid twenty five barons, and that, with them, he will oppress us to the extent of his power. And, to any one who wishes to do so, we publicly and freely give permission to swear; and we will never prevent any one from swearing. Moreover, all those in the land who shall be unwilling, themselves and of their own accord, to swear to the twenty five barons as to distraining and oppressing us with them: such ones we shall make to wear by our mandate, as has been said. And if any one of the twenty five barons shall die, or leave the country, or in any other way be prevented from carrying out the aforesaid measures,--the remainder of the aforesaid twenty five barons shall choose another in his place, according to their judgment, who shall be sworn in the same way as the others. Moreover, in all things entrusted to those twenty five barons to be carried out, if those twenty five shall be present and chance to disagree among themselves with regard to some matter, or if some of them, having been summoned, shall be unwilling or unable to be present: that which the majority of those present shall decide or decree shall be considered binding and valid, just as if all the twenty five had consented to it. And the aforesaid twenty five shall swear that they will faithfully observe all the foregoing, and will cause them be observed to the extent of their power. And we shall obtain nothing from any one, either through ourselves or through another, by which any of those concessions and liberties may be revoked or diminished. And if any such thing shall have been obtained, it shall be vain and invalid, and we shall never make use of it either through ourselves or through another.

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