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power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Overriding Magna Carta by Raiding Bank Accounts

The Magna Carta, signed in AD1215 by King John at Runnymede in Surrey, not only marked the end of a feudal system ruled over by an all-powerful King.

"Conservative" Government in Action
  • Under Britain's "Conservative" government the UK taxing authority wants take your money directly from your bank account without a court order.
  • Thank God the "Conservatives" are in power.  Imagine the Marxist insanity if the Left controlled the government. 

British politicians have slammed HMRC's new proposals which would allow Britain's taxman to take money directly out of bank accounts without a court order - breaching the 800-year-old protection of ordinary people inscribed in the Magna Carta.

During a three hour Treasury Select Committee hearing, MPs said they were "horrified" by proposals allowing HMRC to siphon cash directly out of ordinary Britons' bank accounts, especially given the taxman's history of mistakes.

"We are talking about the ability of one organ of the state to have the unique right to go against the Magna Carta charter and go in and seize - without judicial process or review – a bank account," said John Thurso, Liberal Democrat for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross reports the International Business Times.

The Magna Carta was originally installed over 800 years ago to protect British citizens from kings looting ordinary people's pockets.

HMRC boss Lin Homer insisted that the move would only hit a few thousand people and would never leave the individual without enough money to live on.

Steve Baker, Tory MP for Wycombe, attacked the proposal by invoking former Prime Minister William Pitt's view that "necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom".

HMRC revealed in a consultation document that the process of "direct recovery" would allow it to take money straight out of joint accounts if the holder had failed to act on four formal warnings requiring payment.

It said that if the new law came into force, it would immediately target 17,000 accounts.

People who owe tax authorities £1,000 (€1,223, $1,690) or more could see that money seized directly from their bank accounts. However, this could only happen provided there was £5,000 left in their accounts afterwards.

TSC chairman and Conservative MP, Andrew Tyrie, tried to obtain middle ground and said if the "account raiding" powers were ratified, "prior independent oversight" was needed.

Signing the Magna Carta
The 1215 charter required King John to proclaim certain liberties and accept that his will was not arbitrary—for example by explicitly accepting that no "freeman" (in the sense of non-serf) could be punished except through the law of the land, a right that still exists under English law today.

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