Oxfam is seeking court action to ban a pensioner from one of its shops, and is asking him to pay a £10,000 legal bill.
But Barry Nowlan, 63, of Taunton, says he has a legitimate complaint about Oxfam’s “political campaigning.”
The charity banned the retired bank clerk and Lloyds shareholder from its shop at The Bridge in Taunton after he complained about a poster which highlighted Oxfam’s call for a “Robin Hood” tax of banks and financial institutions.
The charity accuses Mr Nowlan of causing: “great distress” and “harassing volunteers”.
He denies the claims but admits entering the building since Oxfam banned him by letter.
Oxfam says seeking an injunction at county court is a “last resort.”
Mr Nowlan said on Friday: “Oxfam claims its Robin Hood Tax will come from bank profits and bankers’ bonuses, not from the ordinary people”. But banks are owned by shareholders.
“They are pension funds and ordinary people like me.
“I retired at 49 through ill-health. My pensions are small but I had the benefit of dividends (mainly from my Lloyds Bank shares) until the last few years.
“As you know, Lloyds\’ share value fell from a peak of £11 to barely 30p. now. The dividends represented about one-third of my income. So I was not best pleased to see Oxfam\’s window display deceiving people.
So, should Mr. Nolan be prosecuted as UKUncut peeps in TopShop were or not?
Or does this sort of thing depend upon what you\’re protesting about, not the protesting itself?