A SELF-PROCLAIMED activist from Winnington says he’ll go to prison to make a stand over his belief that climate change is a hoax.
Daniel Whitton has refused to pay his council tax for the last six months – because of government proposals to introduce a ‘carbon tax’ in 2013.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has threatened him with legal action, but Daniel’s refusing to back down.
The unemployed 32-year-old believes ‘global warming’ and ‘the greenhouse effect’ are environmental buzzwords coined by the government to claim more money from the public.
“I’m speaking up for humanity,” he said. “Some people won’t be able to afford to eat or heat their homes if this carbon credit scheme is brought in.”
The initiative is aimed at mitigating the growth in concentrations of greenhouse gases.
Wearing a T-shirt proclaiming ‘Global warming is a hoax’, Daniel said: “Apparently I’m contributing to destroying the planet and I’m responsible for an ecological Armageddon!
“I’m withholding my council tax because I’m not happy with the service I’m getting. I know I’ll win if they take me to court.”
A letter dated July 13 says he owes the council £202.11 for the period of January 15 to March 31, 2009.
It warns that failure to pay up by July 20 ‘will result in recovery proceedings commencing through the magistrates court without further notice’.
But Daniel says: “I’m prepared to go to prison. Two weeks in prison would be a walk in the park compared to living under a global garden tax.”
He added: “I’m not trying to make enemies, and I’m not trying to bring about a revolution. I’m just trying to make people aware of an issue which could affect us all.”