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Tuesday, 26 February, 2002, 16:04 GMT
'English' census rebel jailed
Census form
Relf will not be asked again to fill in the form
A pensioner who refused to fill in a census form because there was no opportunity to state his nationality as English has been jailed for a week.

Robert Relf was sentenced after failing to pay a 100 fine imposed last September.

Relf defended himself at Margate magistrates' court and said he was not happy someone could indicate their nationality as "Pekinese", but not "English".


I was annoyed that as an Englishman I could not say I was English so I had no intention of completing the form

Robert Relf

The 77-year-old, from Kent, was not willing to tick the "British" box to describe his nationality.

"I was annoyed that as an Englishman I could not say I was English so I had no intention of completing the form," he told the court.

A Census Office spokesman later confirmed he would not be asked to fill in another form when he is released.

In August last year, Relf barricaded himself into his bungalow in Birchington, Kent, and refused to pay a council tax levy to help asylum seekers.

'Strung up'

He claimed it would mean pensioners in the UK would be financially worse off than those seeking asylum.

Relf was fined by magistrates in 1991, after he sent a letter objecting to the selection of a black candidate by the Conservative Party in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

He told party chair Monica Drinkwater that those who voted for John Taylor should be "strung up".

John Taylor, now Lord Taylor of Warwick
He objected to the section of John Taylor

He also said supporters of Mr Taylor - now Lord Taylor of Warwick - must want England to become a "nation of half-breeds".

In 1976, Relf, who was then living in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, put up a sale sign outside his house, which stated he would only sell to white people.

He was eventually jailed for contempt after he refused to take the sign down.


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See also:

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