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MP Soames banned after quad bike incident - Shoreham Today

Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames has been banned from driving for two months after pleading guilty to driving a quad bike on a road with no insurance.

The case resulted from an incident on New Year's Day near Mr Soames' Slaugham home when he was filmed by anti-hunt monitor Simon Wild...

Appearing at Crawley Magistrates Court today, he was fined £200 and asked to make a £15 victim impact payment and to pay £35 costs.

£15 for victim impact? I've watched the video and can't spot the victim, all I can hear is a whining little shit commentator presumably the professional bunny hugger Simon Wild himself.

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The victim surcharge is a stealth tax levied on all offenders who are fined. As Harriet Harman replied in the House of Commons on 14 May 2007 (Column 542W Hansard):

"In determining whether to apply the victims surcharge no account is taken of the extent to which an offence has a victim. The surcharge is paid by all offenders sentenced to a fine in the criminal courts, whether or not any other penalty is imposed."

A news report on the success of the victim surcharge introduced 1 April 2007:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7141642.stm

The only victim impact should be that of something fast and heavy (accidently) hitting the tree hugger in question.

Victim impact? Surely Labour will want him to pay an 'environment impact' fine as well, seeing as we was driving on a road and must therefore be taxed to death?

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