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Thatcher's poll tax miscalculation

on Sat 31 Dec 2016, 2:46 pm
Poll Tax 

It was Margaret Thatcher's biggest political misjudgement - and brought her career as prime minister to an ignominious end. The poll tax (or community charge) was supposed to make local council finance fairer and more accountable. Instead it triggered civil disobedience and riots and a rebellion in the Conservative Party.

Cabinet papers for 1989 and 1990, released today at the National Archives in Kew, reveal the reaction to the crisis at the heart of government. They show how involved the prime minister herself was.

You have to read this. Even Thatcher herself risked a fine. You couldn't make it up....

Read full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38382416

Memories??
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