Oxfam seeks injunction to ban pensioner

Somerset County Gazette: Barry Nowlan outside the Oxfam shop. Barry Nowlan outside the Oxfam shop.

OXFAM has racked up almost £10,000 in legal costs trying to ban a pensioner from its Taunton shop.

But Barry Nowlan says he has a legitimate complaint about Oxfam’s ‘political campaigning’.

The charity has been in dispute with Mr Nowlan for months after he objected to a poster in The Bridge premises.

It accuses him of causing “great distress”, “harassing volunteers”, “offensive language”, “intimidation” and “raising your voice” – which he denies.

Mr Nowlan admits entering the building since Oxfam banned him by letter and the charity is now seeking a County Court injunction.

The retired bank clerk, and Lloyds shareholder, complained to staff about a poster demanding a tax on the banks.

He said: “I tried to explain and wrote to the chief executive saying it’s not the business of charities to interfere in politics.

“Three weeks later I received a letter saying I was banned from the shop.

“I still go in and buy books – if the manager’s there, she asks me to leave.

“They’ve tried to get me to sign an undertaking not to enter the shop.

“I’m not giving in - I’ve done nothing wrong.”

A spokeswoman said Oxfam decided as a last resort to apply for the injunction later this month because Mr Nowlan had been harassing the manager and volunteers and his visits “are far beyond what any staff have a right to expect”.

She added: “It’s a time-consuming and costly process, but it’s our duty to provide a safe working environment for our staff and volunteers.

“Oxfam has made every effort to resolve the situation but, despite our best efforts to reason with him, his behaviour has been such that we now feel there’s no other choice but to apply to take out an injunction.”

The law firm handling the matter is sharing the costs of the legal action. Mr Nolan says he has been told the costs currently stand at £9,668.20.

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8:24am Thu 6 Oct 11

pintomine says...

I strongly object to Oxfam wasting my donations on futile legal fees. They should be helping the poor and be very careful entering the political arena. I will reconsider my support for them in future.
I strongly object to Oxfam wasting my donations on futile legal fees. They should be helping the poor and be very careful entering the political arena. I will reconsider my support for them in future. pintomine
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11:01am Thu 6 Oct 11

thisandthat says...

Barry Nowlan should contact the Charity Commission (the Government Department which supervises charities) at Woodfield House, Tangier, Taunton if he believes, and has proof, that Oxfam is acting in areas other than the objects of the charity.
Barry Nowlan should contact the Charity Commission (the Government Department which supervises charities) at Woodfield House, Tangier, Taunton if he believes, and has proof, that Oxfam is acting in areas other than the objects of the charity. thisandthat
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11:34am Thu 6 Oct 11

Gazchaz says...

I think Mr Nowlan is right in every way, Oxfam should shut up and stay out of politics. I donate by DD to Oxfam every month and have done for many years, why are they spending my donations on such a ridiculous situation. Why do the staff feel threatened? Mr Nowlan hardly looks threatening! I wil follow this with interest and i will donate my money elswhere if i have to. Get a life Taunton shop!!!
I think Mr Nowlan is right in every way, Oxfam should shut up and stay out of politics. I donate by DD to Oxfam every month and have done for many years, why are they spending my donations on such a ridiculous situation. Why do the staff feel threatened? Mr Nowlan hardly looks threatening! I wil follow this with interest and i will donate my money elswhere if i have to. Get a life Taunton shop!!! Gazchaz
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1:27pm Thu 6 Oct 11

Mi_Coc says...

One of the reason I dont give to these types of chairty is the 6 figure salaries they pay their senior staff and the way they think nothing to waste 10k on this type of action. If his behavour is so bad why have the police not repremanded him although getting a&s police to do anything other than shop at tescos and man speed camera vans is a challenge.
One of the reason I dont give to these types of chairty is the 6 figure salaries they pay their senior staff and the way they think nothing to waste 10k on this type of action. If his behavour is so bad why have the police not repremanded him although getting a&s police to do anything other than shop at tescos and man speed camera vans is a challenge. Mi_Coc
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3:39pm Thu 6 Oct 11

wolfgie says...

Having been on the receiving end of one of Mr Nolan's incredibly lengthy and unpleasant rants, I can completely understand Oxfam's point of view and fully support it.
Having been on the receiving end of one of Mr Nolan's incredibly lengthy and unpleasant rants, I can completely understand Oxfam's point of view and fully support it. wolfgie
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5:33pm Thu 6 Oct 11

creecher says...

Good on you Mr Nowlan, If i was Oxfam i would keep quiet as its about time the charities commission looked at why the charities get away with paying no business rate but some like Oxfam sell brand new items in direct but unfair competition to other shop keepers as they don't have the overheads.
Good on you Mr Nowlan, If i was Oxfam i would keep quiet as its about time the charities commission looked at why the charities get away with paying no business rate but some like Oxfam sell brand new items in direct but unfair competition to other shop keepers as they don't have the overheads. creecher
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7:04pm Thu 6 Oct 11

cjjm26 says...

Welcome to the world of the world wide web Mr B Nowlan. After reading this story I took it upon myself to look up what Oxfam stood for and I found it amazing to find your name popped up. I think you need to be made aware of a letter that you sent to Oxfam in the March of this year. So I have kindly added a link here for you and the other readers to view and to actually see what bigoted small mined man you are!

http://www.oxfam.org
.uk/applications/blo
gs/pressoffice/2011/
01/28/oxfam-ceo-call
s-for-action-at-worl
d-economic-forum-in-
the-face-of-new-food
-crises/

Look at the comments to this article on the Oxfam website.
Welcome to the world of the world wide web Mr B Nowlan. After reading this story I took it upon myself to look up what Oxfam stood for and I found it amazing to find your name popped up. I think you need to be made aware of a letter that you sent to Oxfam in the March of this year. So I have kindly added a link here for you and the other readers to view and to actually see what bigoted small mined man you are! http://www.oxfam.org .uk/applications/blo gs/pressoffice/2011/ 01/28/oxfam-ceo-call s-for-action-at-worl d-economic-forum-in- the-face-of-new-food -crises/ Look at the comments to this article on the Oxfam website. cjjm26
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7:20pm Thu 6 Oct 11

creecher says...

cjjm26 wrote:
Welcome to the world of the world wide web Mr B Nowlan. After reading this story I took it upon myself to look up what Oxfam stood for and I found it amazing to find your name popped up. I think you need to be made aware of a letter that you sent to Oxfam in the March of this year. So I have kindly added a link here for you and the other readers to view and to actually see what bigoted small mined man you are! http://www.oxfam.org .uk/applications/blo gs/pressoffice/2011/ 01/28/oxfam-ceo-call s-for-action-at-worl d-economic-forum-in- the-face-of-new-food -crises/ Look at the comments to this article on the Oxfam website.
Tell me please whats wrong with his comments in the letter calling for population reduction, after all if they would use condoms a bit more perhaps there wouldn't be an HIV epidemic in the third world. The catholic church rushed into Africa to convert all the so called barbarians into godly creatures and not to practise safe sex and where exactly are they now they've caused this. The truth is there is not enough food to feed the current population now so unless mamby pamby people like you don't sit and smell the roses its not going to get any better.
Sorry if truth hurts and some of you will see me as cruel and insensitive but you can only do so much to help people before they have to help themselves, could be this country in a few years if they keep on allowing so much immigration.
[quote][p][bold]cjjm26[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the world of the world wide web Mr B Nowlan. After reading this story I took it upon myself to look up what Oxfam stood for and I found it amazing to find your name popped up. I think you need to be made aware of a letter that you sent to Oxfam in the March of this year. So I have kindly added a link here for you and the other readers to view and to actually see what bigoted small mined man you are! http://www.oxfam.org .uk/applications/blo gs/pressoffice/2011/ 01/28/oxfam-ceo-call s-for-action-at-worl d-economic-forum-in- the-face-of-new-food -crises/ Look at the comments to this article on the Oxfam website.[/p][/quote]Tell me please whats wrong with his comments in the letter calling for population reduction, after all if they would use condoms a bit more perhaps there wouldn't be an HIV epidemic in the third world. The catholic church rushed into Africa to convert all the so called barbarians into godly creatures and not to practise safe sex and where exactly are they now they've caused this. The truth is there is not enough food to feed the current population now so unless mamby pamby people like you don't sit and smell the roses its not going to get any better. Sorry if truth hurts and some of you will see me as cruel and insensitive but you can only do so much to help people before they have to help themselves, could be this country in a few years if they keep on allowing so much immigration. creecher
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9:54pm Thu 6 Oct 11

TauntonJohn says...

Of course Oxfam has a right to make political comments. They exist to tackle poverty in the Two Thirds world, and much of that poverty is due to political causes. And the banks are a political issue, especially since they have swallowed up so much money from the UK government to cover up for their appalling behaviour.

Mr Nowlan should realise that we have a right to free speech in the UK, and that includes Oxfam. But while he has a right to ignore what Oxfam puts up in their window, so the staff and volunteers of Oxfam have a right not to be abused by Mr Nowlan. Like the banking industry he once worked for, Mr Nowlan is a disgrace.
Of course Oxfam has a right to make political comments. They exist to tackle poverty in the Two Thirds world, and much of that poverty is due to political causes. And the banks are a political issue, especially since they have swallowed up so much money from the UK government to cover up for their appalling behaviour. Mr Nowlan should realise that we have a right to free speech in the UK, and that includes Oxfam. But while he has a right to ignore what Oxfam puts up in their window, so the staff and volunteers of Oxfam have a right not to be abused by Mr Nowlan. Like the banking industry he once worked for, Mr Nowlan is a disgrace. TauntonJohn
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11:38am Fri 7 Oct 11

NP01392541 says...

I work for a charity and know for certain that shops like this Oxfam one are not just wasting your money. Oxfam operates like any other business- they need to pay rent, electric, gas, and the assortment of other fees and taxes that business are made to pay. I don't know the salaries of senior execs for Oxfam. But I do know that the managers and staff working in the shops ,as well as those out in the field, make pennies. Not to mention- charity shops are run by volunteers. I am regularly in The Bridge Oxfam shop and its staff is prominently pensioners and students- VOLUNTEERING their time to serve Oxfam- and the community- by showing up and giving their time . Mr. Nowlan himself states he shops in there-all politics aside he must appreciate at least the merchandise. The same volunteers that are happy to serve Mr. Nowlan have now been harassed by him- and if its bad enough to get an injunction- It seems that it was a little more then him complaining about a tax . As someone who works for a charity, I know that you would have to have a good reason ( like being concerned for the safety of your staff) to go so far as to take a member of the public to court. Just as Mr. Nowlan has a right to voice his opinion ( and I do believe he does as long as he does not abuse his right) Oxfam has a right to promote their views and visions and campaigns. Mr. Nowlan should , as it appears he has done (see comments from cjjm26), gone straight to corporate Oxfam, not picked on this specific shop. Although you might hope you share Oxfam's vision if you work for them- you don't have to agree with everything they put out there just because you work for them. Hey, Mr. Nowlan obviously has apposing views and, he still continues to shop there. Media should be fair and balanced. I would have liked to hear a bit more of Oxfam's side of the story...
I work for a charity and know for certain that shops like this Oxfam one are not just wasting your money. Oxfam operates like any other business- they need to pay rent, electric, gas, and the assortment of other fees and taxes that business are made to pay. I don't know the salaries of senior execs for Oxfam. But I do know that the managers and staff working in the shops ,as well as those out in the field, make pennies. Not to mention- charity shops are run by volunteers. I am regularly in The Bridge Oxfam shop and its staff is prominently pensioners and students- VOLUNTEERING their time to serve Oxfam- and the community- by showing up and giving their time . Mr. Nowlan himself states he shops in there-all politics aside he must appreciate at least the merchandise. The same volunteers that are happy to serve Mr. Nowlan have now been harassed by him- and if its bad enough to get an injunction- It seems that it was a little more then him complaining about a tax . As someone who works for a charity, I know that you would have to have a good reason ( like being concerned for the safety of your staff) to go so far as to take a member of the public to court. Just as Mr. Nowlan has a right to voice his opinion ( and I do believe he does as long as he does not abuse his right) Oxfam has a right to promote their views and visions and campaigns. Mr. Nowlan should , as it appears he has done (see comments from cjjm26), gone straight to corporate Oxfam, not picked on this specific shop. Although you might hope you share Oxfam's vision if you work for them- you don't have to agree with everything they put out there just because you work for them. Hey, Mr. Nowlan obviously has apposing views and, he still continues to shop there. Media should be fair and balanced. I would have liked to hear a bit more of Oxfam's side of the story... NP01392541
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3:01pm Fri 7 Oct 11

Postman-Pat says...

I'm not a member of any union, I have never striked and I have also never been in or caused an accident whilst cycling a bike. Just because someone works for a crap company (such as royal mail) does not mean that the follow the beliefs and working procedures outlined by management. I do this job because it is easy, keeps me fit and the hours suit my active lifestyle. Now getting back to the point, what gives us the right to give sex education advice and supplies to third world communities, who (many)haven't even got clean drinking water, food, health care, schools etc. We spend billions a year on wars and defences, which we don't really need, i'd prefer to see this money being spent helping the third world, not just by handouts, but by education, building, healthcare, business etc. Charaties do a lot, but more is required to make a noticeable improvement.
I'm not a member of any union, I have never striked and I have also never been in or caused an accident whilst cycling a bike. Just because someone works for a crap company (such as royal mail) does not mean that the follow the beliefs and working procedures outlined by management. I do this job because it is easy, keeps me fit and the hours suit my active lifestyle. Now getting back to the point, what gives us the right to give sex education advice and supplies to third world communities, who (many)haven't even got clean drinking water, food, health care, schools etc. We spend billions a year on wars and defences, which we don't really need, i'd prefer to see this money being spent helping the third world, not just by handouts, but by education, building, healthcare, business etc. Charaties do a lot, but more is required to make a noticeable improvement. Postman-Pat
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3:40pm Fri 7 Oct 11

BAB says...

Of course Oxfam should be polictical, otherwise how do they get to the root of the causes of poverty. Nowlan is a small minded idiot with too much time on his hands and if wants to complain about polictisation on the high street then why not go and bother Royal Bank of Scotland, who's irresponsible and frankly disgusting banking practices has lead to being bailed out by the UK government? No he won't do this because Oxfam is an easier target! Also if the subject of over population is directed at the nations of Africa, why not look at the vast, uneducated,useles, breeding, out of work lazy b******* in this country fully supported by the Britsh taxpayer.
Of course Oxfam should be polictical, otherwise how do they get to the root of the causes of poverty. Nowlan is a small minded idiot with too much time on his hands and if wants to complain about polictisation on the high street then why not go and bother Royal Bank of Scotland, who's irresponsible and frankly disgusting banking practices has lead to being bailed out by the UK government? No he won't do this because Oxfam is an easier target! Also if the subject of over population is directed at the nations of Africa, why not look at the vast, uneducated,useles, breeding, out of work lazy b******* in this country fully supported by the Britsh taxpayer. BAB
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3:52pm Fri 7 Oct 11

BAB says...

TauntonJohn wrote:
Of course Oxfam has a right to make political comments. They exist to tackle poverty in the Two Thirds world, and much of that poverty is due to political causes. And the banks are a political issue, especially since they have swallowed up so much money from the UK government to cover up for their appalling behaviour.

Mr Nowlan should realise that we have a right to free speech in the UK, and that includes Oxfam. But while he has a right to ignore what Oxfam puts up in their window, so the staff and volunteers of Oxfam have a right not to be abused by Mr Nowlan. Like the banking industry he once worked for, Mr Nowlan is a disgrace.
Absolutely agree with the comments above.
[quote][p][bold]TauntonJohn[/bold] wrote: Of course Oxfam has a right to make political comments. They exist to tackle poverty in the Two Thirds world, and much of that poverty is due to political causes. And the banks are a political issue, especially since they have swallowed up so much money from the UK government to cover up for their appalling behaviour. Mr Nowlan should realise that we have a right to free speech in the UK, and that includes Oxfam. But while he has a right to ignore what Oxfam puts up in their window, so the staff and volunteers of Oxfam have a right not to be abused by Mr Nowlan. Like the banking industry he once worked for, Mr Nowlan is a disgrace.[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree with the comments above. BAB
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5:25pm Fri 7 Oct 11

Monument says...

I am very disappointed at the lack of research done by SCG into this "pensioner".

He is clearly unstable as the link provided earlier shows.

Hopefully he will kick off and the police can arrest him or detain him under the Mental Health Act
I am very disappointed at the lack of research done by SCG into this "pensioner". He is clearly unstable as the link provided earlier shows. Hopefully he will kick off and the police can arrest him or detain him under the Mental Health Act Monument
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12:15pm Sat 8 Oct 11

Lelane says...

They want to ban him because he disagrees with their political views? Not very charitable.
They want to ban him because he disagrees with their political views? Not very charitable. Lelane
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12:56pm Sat 8 Oct 11

BAB says...

Lelane wrote:
They want to ban him because he disagrees with their political views? Not very charitable.
If you care to READ the article PROPERLY, you can see it clearly states that he is banned for his harrassing of volunteers and staff who are doing a very valuable job. Would you put up with it in your place of work? No, I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]Lelane[/bold] wrote: They want to ban him because he disagrees with their political views? Not very charitable.[/p][/quote]If you care to READ the article PROPERLY, you can see it clearly states that he is banned for his harrassing of volunteers and staff who are doing a very valuable job. Would you put up with it in your place of work? No, I don't think so. BAB
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12:56pm Sat 8 Oct 11

BAB says...

Lelane wrote:
They want to ban him because he disagrees with their political views? Not very charitable.
If you care to READ the article PROPERLY, you can see it clearly states that he is banned for his harrassing of volunteers and staff who are doing a very valuable job. Would you put up with it in your place of work? No, I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]Lelane[/bold] wrote: They want to ban him because he disagrees with their political views? Not very charitable.[/p][/quote]If you care to READ the article PROPERLY, you can see it clearly states that he is banned for his harrassing of volunteers and staff who are doing a very valuable job. Would you put up with it in your place of work? No, I don't think so. BAB
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12:56pm Sat 8 Oct 11

BAB says...

Lelane wrote:
They want to ban him because he disagrees with their political views? Not very charitable.
If you care to READ the article PROPERLY, you can see it clearly states that he is banned for his harrassing of volunteers and staff who are doing a very valuable job. Would you put up with it in your place of work? No, I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]Lelane[/bold] wrote: They want to ban him because he disagrees with their political views? Not very charitable.[/p][/quote]If you care to READ the article PROPERLY, you can see it clearly states that he is banned for his harrassing of volunteers and staff who are doing a very valuable job. Would you put up with it in your place of work? No, I don't think so. BAB
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1:15pm Sat 8 Oct 11

creecher says...

BAB wrote:
Lelane wrote: They want to ban him because he disagrees with their political views? Not very charitable.
If you care to READ the article PROPERLY, you can see it clearly states that he is banned for his harrassing of volunteers and staff who are doing a very valuable job. Would you put up with it in your place of work? No, I don't think so.
No i'm afraid its you who needs to read properly as he was banned by the CEO of Oxfam after complaining about their getting involved in politics.
Before you lot start slagging the man off and accuse him of being pathetic and unstable i would like to point out that you've been allowed to put your point of view across so why can't he.
[quote][p][bold]BAB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lelane[/bold] wrote: They want to ban him because he disagrees with their political views? Not very charitable.[/p][/quote]If you care to READ the article PROPERLY, you can see it clearly states that he is banned for his harrassing of volunteers and staff who are doing a very valuable job. Would you put up with it in your place of work? No, I don't think so.[/p][/quote]No i'm afraid its you who needs to read properly as he was banned by the CEO of Oxfam after complaining about their getting involved in politics. Before you lot start slagging the man off and accuse him of being pathetic and unstable i would like to point out that you've been allowed to put your point of view across so why can't he. creecher
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1:35pm Sat 8 Oct 11

BAB says...

"No i'm afraid its you who needs to read properly as he was banned by the CEO of Oxfam after complaining about their getting involved in politics."

At what point does it state in this article (or any another) that the CEO has banned him after complaining about his polictical views? Please enlighten me.
"No i'm afraid its you who needs to read properly as he was banned by the CEO of Oxfam after complaining about their getting involved in politics." At what point does it state in this article (or any another) that the CEO has banned him after complaining about his polictical views? Please enlighten me. BAB
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1:37pm Sat 8 Oct 11

BAB says...

"No i'm afraid its you who needs to read properly as he was banned by the CEO of Oxfam after complaining about their getting involved in politics."

At what point does it state in this article (or any another) that the CEO has banned him after complaining about his polictical views? Please enlighten me.
"No i'm afraid its you who needs to read properly as he was banned by the CEO of Oxfam after complaining about their getting involved in politics." At what point does it state in this article (or any another) that the CEO has banned him after complaining about his polictical views? Please enlighten me. BAB
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3:53pm Sat 8 Oct 11

TheGrit76 says...

"b.nowlan says:

global warming caused by humans?
therefore to solve g.w. need fewer humans
why is oxfam feeding the starving?
they should not breed babies they cannot support
Oxfam causes global warming

feed one today, he breeds
many more to be fed tomorrow
then they breed

Oxfam just creates problems
then pretends it is solving them.
Get real.

How much is Barbara Stocking paid?
March 18th, 2011 at 8.52 pm"

This Guy seems like a poor excuse for a human. And I would not like this small minded, sociopathic Conservative banker in my shop either. I wish we could stamp out people like him which are the cancer in todays society.
"b.nowlan says: global warming caused by humans? therefore to solve g.w. need fewer humans why is oxfam feeding the starving? they should not breed babies they cannot support Oxfam causes global warming feed one today, he breeds many more to be fed tomorrow then they breed Oxfam just creates problems then pretends it is solving them. Get real. How much is Barbara Stocking paid? March 18th, 2011 at 8.52 pm" This Guy seems like a poor excuse for a human. And I would not like this small minded, sociopathic Conservative banker in my shop either. I wish we could stamp out people like him which are the cancer in todays society. TheGrit76
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3:54pm Sat 8 Oct 11

TheGrit76 says...

"b.nowlan says:

global warming caused by humans?
therefore to solve g.w. need fewer humans
why is oxfam feeding the starving?
they should not breed babies they cannot support
Oxfam causes global warming

feed one today, he breeds
many more to be fed tomorrow
then they breed

Oxfam just creates problems
then pretends it is solving them.
Get real.

How much is Barbara Stocking paid?
March 18th, 2011 at 8.52 pm"

This Guy seems like a poor excuse for a human. And I would not like this small minded, sociopathic Conservative banker in my shop either. I wish we could stamp out people like him which are the cancer in todays society.
"b.nowlan says: global warming caused by humans? therefore to solve g.w. need fewer humans why is oxfam feeding the starving? they should not breed babies they cannot support Oxfam causes global warming feed one today, he breeds many more to be fed tomorrow then they breed Oxfam just creates problems then pretends it is solving them. Get real. How much is Barbara Stocking paid? March 18th, 2011 at 8.52 pm" This Guy seems like a poor excuse for a human. And I would not like this small minded, sociopathic Conservative banker in my shop either. I wish we could stamp out people like him which are the cancer in todays society. TheGrit76
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4:13pm Sat 8 Oct 11

TauntonJohn says...

creecher wrote: "No i'm afraid its you who needs to read properly as he was banned by the CEO of Oxfam after complaining about their getting involved in politics."

The article says:
"A spokeswoman said Oxfam decided as a last resort to apply for the injunction later this month because Mr Nowlan had been harassing the manager and volunteers and his visits “are far beyond what any staff have a right to expect”."

Oxfam raises money for people facing the sharp end of poverty. A lot of its work is done by volunteers giving their time to help out as best they can. If Mr Nowlan thinks it is alright to repeatedly harass Oxfam staff (mostly sweet grey haired old ladies when I go in there) then he clearly needs a reality check. The right to freedom of expression has to be balanced with the right to not be harrassed. Mr Nowlan can, and has, written to the CEO of Oxfam - he has exercised his freedom to express his point of view. Why can't he recognise the right of the volunteers in Oxfam to give their time altruistically to raise money for the poor in Africa without being harangued by a misanthrope with too much time on his hands.

And a quick visit to Google reveals that Mr Nowlan has form when it comes to random complaining. In complaints stretching back for years he has vented his spleen against the County Council, speed limits, local buses, climate change conspiracies, recycling trucks, the Tour of Britain Cycle race, socialists, concessionary bus travel, Icelanders, the Borough Council, Councillors allowances, Liberal Democrats, and the "dire state of education in this country". Should the Gazette be giving front page billing to this embittered attention seeker?
creecher wrote: "No i'm afraid its you who needs to read properly as he was banned by the CEO of Oxfam after complaining about their getting involved in politics." The article says: "A spokeswoman said Oxfam decided as a last resort to apply for the injunction later this month because Mr Nowlan had been harassing the manager and volunteers and his visits “are far beyond what any staff have a right to expect”." Oxfam raises money for people facing the sharp end of poverty. A lot of its work is done by volunteers giving their time to help out as best they can. If Mr Nowlan thinks it is alright to repeatedly harass Oxfam staff (mostly sweet grey haired old ladies when I go in there) then he clearly needs a reality check. The right to freedom of expression has to be balanced with the right to not be harrassed. Mr Nowlan can, and has, written to the CEO of Oxfam - he has exercised his freedom to express his point of view. Why can't he recognise the right of the volunteers in Oxfam to give their time altruistically to raise money for the poor in Africa without being harangued by a misanthrope with too much time on his hands. And a quick visit to Google reveals that Mr Nowlan has form when it comes to random complaining. In complaints stretching back for years he has vented his spleen against the County Council, speed limits, local buses, climate change conspiracies, recycling trucks, the Tour of Britain Cycle race, socialists, concessionary bus travel, Icelanders, the Borough Council, Councillors allowances, Liberal Democrats, and the "dire state of education in this country". Should the Gazette be giving front page billing to this embittered attention seeker? TauntonJohn
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1:31am Sun 9 Oct 11

nnnohr says...

Thank you Mr. Nowlan for speaking for pensioners and those with any type of financial account. No one speaks for us. We cannot compete with 0xfam's unlimited financial resources.

It appears as though 0xfam abhors any opposing views from the poor pensioners that they plan on confiscating money from with their Robin Hood tax that they are constantly misleading and deceiving the public with.

The Robin Hood tax or Financial Transaction Tax is promoted as not being a direct tax on an individual's investments...yet. It certainly is an indirect tax that cascades and increases through the chain of multiple transactions that take place by financial firms as they carry out each of our transactions. So for each of our transactions we will pay that tax several times through increased spreads, commissions and fees. So, that tax will actually confiscate our accounts little by little. That tiny tax will cost several percent yield loss annually...before they even raise the tax rate as they promise they will. Imagine earning nothing or losing money in your account and then paying taxes further lowering the account value.

We need laws to protect us from powerful charities and other NGOs.
Thank you Mr. Nowlan for speaking for pensioners and those with any type of financial account. No one speaks for us. We cannot compete with 0xfam's unlimited financial resources. It appears as though 0xfam abhors any opposing views from the poor pensioners that they plan on confiscating money from with their Robin Hood tax that they are constantly misleading and deceiving the public with. The Robin Hood tax or Financial Transaction Tax is promoted as not being a direct tax on an individual's investments...yet. It certainly is an indirect tax that cascades and increases through the chain of multiple transactions that take place by financial firms as they carry out each of our transactions. So for each of our transactions we will pay that tax several times through increased spreads, commissions and fees. So, that tax will actually confiscate our accounts little by little. That tiny tax will cost several percent yield loss annually...before they even raise the tax rate as they promise they will. Imagine earning nothing or losing money in your account and then paying taxes further lowering the account value. We need laws to protect us from powerful charities and other NGOs. nnnohr
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9:09am Sun 9 Oct 11

creecher says...

nnnohr wrote:
Thank you Mr. Nowlan for speaking for pensioners and those with any type of financial account. No one speaks for us. We cannot compete with 0xfam's unlimited financial resources. It appears as though 0xfam abhors any opposing views from the poor pensioners that they plan on confiscating money from with their Robin Hood tax that they are constantly misleading and deceiving the public with. The Robin Hood tax or Financial Transaction Tax is promoted as not being a direct tax on an individual's investments...yet. It certainly is an indirect tax that cascades and increases through the chain of multiple transactions that take place by financial firms as they carry out each of our transactions. So for each of our transactions we will pay that tax several times through increased spreads, commissions and fees. So, that tax will actually confiscate our accounts little by little. That tiny tax will cost several percent yield loss annually...before they even raise the tax rate as they promise they will. Imagine earning nothing or losing money in your account and then paying taxes further lowering the account value. We need laws to protect us from powerful charities and other NGOs.
Well said, but i'm afraid the do gooders who only see the problem and not the cause of that problem will be back with personel attacks and narrow minded rantings telling us that we should shut up and not voice our opinion but just open our wallets and give year in year out without a whimper.
[quote][p][bold]nnnohr[/bold] wrote: Thank you Mr. Nowlan for speaking for pensioners and those with any type of financial account. No one speaks for us. We cannot compete with 0xfam's unlimited financial resources. It appears as though 0xfam abhors any opposing views from the poor pensioners that they plan on confiscating money from with their Robin Hood tax that they are constantly misleading and deceiving the public with. The Robin Hood tax or Financial Transaction Tax is promoted as not being a direct tax on an individual's investments...yet. It certainly is an indirect tax that cascades and increases through the chain of multiple transactions that take place by financial firms as they carry out each of our transactions. So for each of our transactions we will pay that tax several times through increased spreads, commissions and fees. So, that tax will actually confiscate our accounts little by little. That tiny tax will cost several percent yield loss annually...before they even raise the tax rate as they promise they will. Imagine earning nothing or losing money in your account and then paying taxes further lowering the account value. We need laws to protect us from powerful charities and other NGOs.[/p][/quote]Well said, but i'm afraid the do gooders who only see the problem and not the cause of that problem will be back with personel attacks and narrow minded rantings telling us that we should shut up and not voice our opinion but just open our wallets and give year in year out without a whimper. creecher
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11:13am Sun 9 Oct 11

BAB says...

Do you have such strong objections to the current monetary system, fully backed by the government, which allows immoral and unsustainable lending practices? Through the total misuse of fractional reserve banking ratios this country has brought to it's by over-inflated prices in every area of our lives. Causing inflation to rise year on year. Do you mind "opening your wallet" to this? I certainly do.
Do you have such strong objections to the current monetary system, fully backed by the government, which allows immoral and unsustainable lending practices? Through the total misuse of fractional reserve banking ratios this country has brought to it's by over-inflated prices in every area of our lives. Causing inflation to rise year on year. Do you mind "opening your wallet" to this? I certainly do. BAB
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11:15am Sun 9 Oct 11

BAB says...

Do you have such strong objections to the current monetary system, fully backed by the government, which allows immoral and unsustainable lending practices? Through the total misuse of fractional reserve banking ratios this country has been brought to it's knees by over-inflated prices in every area of our lives. Causing inflation to rise year on year. Do you mind "opening your wallet" to this? I certainly do.
Do you have such strong objections to the current monetary system, fully backed by the government, which allows immoral and unsustainable lending practices? Through the total misuse of fractional reserve banking ratios this country has been brought to it's knees by over-inflated prices in every area of our lives. Causing inflation to rise year on year. Do you mind "opening your wallet" to this? I certainly do. BAB
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2:01pm Sun 9 Oct 11

Postman-Pat says...

If everyone in the UK is worse off because of oxfam, but people in the third world get much needed help then i'm ok with that. Most of my taxes go to the pockets of politicians or scummy families with 7 kids but no jobs. If some of you pensioners aren't very well off, then you should've invested more into your pensions, oxfam aren't the cause of you problems. I'm in my twenties and have to put up with the **** state of the country caused by the elder generation, perhaps we should've just let germany win and we'd be better off! If Mr Nowlan likes to play sad games and upset the staff of Oxfam, then i'll happily follow him around with a megafone commentating on his life and heckling him all day, so he can have a taste of his own medicine. No one should be verbally abused or harrassed whilst working, clampers being the exception to the rule of course.
If everyone in the UK is worse off because of oxfam, but people in the third world get much needed help then i'm ok with that. Most of my taxes go to the pockets of politicians or scummy families with 7 kids but no jobs. If some of you pensioners aren't very well off, then you should've invested more into your pensions, oxfam aren't the cause of you problems. I'm in my twenties and have to put up with the **** state of the country caused by the elder generation, perhaps we should've just let germany win and we'd be better off! If Mr Nowlan likes to play sad games and upset the staff of Oxfam, then i'll happily follow him around with a megafone commentating on his life and heckling him all day, so he can have a taste of his own medicine. No one should be verbally abused or harrassed whilst working, clampers being the exception to the rule of course. Postman-Pat
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3:07pm Sun 9 Oct 11

creecher says...

Just an after thought for you postmanprat before you start poking fun at other peoples pension pot take a look at who's paying the vast majority of yours because it aint you, also like to add that it don't take alot of brain power to do your either just being able to count but i expect to have trouble with that.
Just an after thought for you postmanprat before you start poking fun at other peoples pension pot take a look at who's paying the vast majority of yours because it aint you, also like to add that it don't take alot of brain power to do your either just being able to count but i expect to have trouble with that. creecher
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4:04pm Sun 9 Oct 11

Postman-Pat says...

having served for 5 years in the armed forces as an engineer, and also completing an engineering degree i'm happy with my "brain power". My current career is down to personal choice, as there is more to life than money and material things. I'd prefer to train to complete a marathon, (also raising money for charity), than work overtime in a stuffy office, just so I can live in a big house with an Audi on the driveway! At the end of the day Oxfam and their staff do a good job, and many of whom are not paid a penny. Do they deserve to be harrassed? no! Nowlan is a nob! and I hope someone treats him the same way, perhaps then he will realise what a tool he has been.
having served for 5 years in the armed forces as an engineer, and also completing an engineering degree i'm happy with my "brain power". My current career is down to personal choice, as there is more to life than money and material things. I'd prefer to train to complete a marathon, (also raising money for charity), than work overtime in a stuffy office, just so I can live in a big house with an Audi on the driveway! At the end of the day Oxfam and their staff do a good job, and many of whom are not paid a penny. Do they deserve to be harrassed? no! Nowlan is a nob! and I hope someone treats him the same way, perhaps then he will realise what a tool he has been. Postman-Pat
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3:20pm Mon 10 Oct 11

SomewhereInIlminster says...

What a load of sad to$$ers comment on SCG's site.
What a load of sad to$$ers comment on SCG's site. SomewhereInIlminster
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