Guardian Country Diarist Jim Perrin avoids paying maintenance for his children

In our opinion Jim Perrin is adept at evasion and it is to this end that he changes his residences so frequently.

When we posted Jim Perrin moves on again? 9/10/14, we knew he had been living in Harlech for about a year, (although moving back and forth from his ‘bolt-hole’ in Ariège—perhaps he means to retire there?), and so unpopular had he become that a rock was thrown through the car windscreen: He said he had to leave Harlech for the sake of his health…

There were at least two further moves—to rental accommodation—before he settled, for the time being, in the village of Drefach Felindre in Carmarthenshire. Still he succeeds in evading the clutches of the Child Maintenance Service (formerly the CSA) by the simple expedient, we may assume, of ignoring them. As they do now have his current address he is already making plans to leave and we think, that based on his previous propensity for avoiding them, this will not be unconnected.

Doubtless the author will say that he finds the atmosphere, the surroundings, unconducive to his work; an excuse he has used as far back as when he lived with our sister, ‘Jacquetta’, (see Jac believed what Jim Perrin told her… parts 1 and 2), as well as when he lived at Harlech. Surely it can be no coincidence that the house has very recently been advertised for sale?

Jim Perrin may well find amusing, as he has confided to friends, the inability of the CSA (as it was) to pin him down, and certainly he seems able to run rings around them and to outwit them at every turn. But then, of course, he has had many years of experience in this ‘game’ and aims always to be ahead of the chase.

Why, we, wonder, will he not accept the legal and moral financial responsibilities that his fatherhood entails? Rather, his main focus apparently is to avoid paying so much as a sixpence to his under-age children, let alone the many thousands of pounds which we are only too aware he owes to women with whom he has had relationships.

He continues to write and is by no means destitute, and it is his conscious decision to attempt, as always, to slip under the radar of the CMS. He has shown no remorse; no indication of any intention to meet his obligations, and we believe that his ‘decision’ can only be seen as deceitful, dishonest, dishonourable and utterly reprehensible, and one which we know continues to blight several lives…