A retired social worker from Devon has become the first woman pensioner to be jailed in England for refusing to pay an increase in her council tax.
Sylvia Hardy, 73, from Exeter, was jailed after missing a deadline to settle arrears of £53.71.
She was cheered by supporters when arriving at court, carrying a packed bag in expectation of a jail term.
Jailing her for seven days at Exeter Magistrates' Court, chairman of the bench Louis Crowden said: "If everyone paid their debts on the basis of what they thought appropriate this country would descend into anarchy."
"You may think you are a martyr but you are not," said the chairman.
(I believe he added that she was a "very silly woman" as well according to the Radio News)
As Ms Hardy, from Barrack Road, was led away the chairman of Devon Pensioners' Action Forum, Albert Venison, shouted at the bench: "You are on a completely different planet you people."
There were other shouts of "pompous ass" and "shame" from other supporters of Ms Hardy who were packed into the small courtroom.
One of the protesters outside the court said after her sentencing: "This government doesn't take any notice of the pensioners' rights or protests whatsoever."
The BBC's John Kay said: "One of the pensioners I've talked to described her as the council tax equivalent of Emily Pankhurst or the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
"That is how she is being perceived by people down here, where her plight has been recognised for some time."
nuLabour News Managers won't like this at all!