The Poll Tax
and Margaret Thatcher disappeared in perfect unison, never to return.
Chancellor Nigel Lawson also warned that introducing the Poll Tax
would leave the Tories exposed to "unacceptable political risks".
In July 1987 he approached Mrs Thatcher to express his concern over the level of opposition he was facing from councils over plans to phase in the poll tax
over a period of years.
In July 1987 Mr Ridley approached Mrs Thatcher to voice concerns about the level of opposition he faced from councils over plans to phase in the poll tax
He approached Thatcher in July 1987 to express his concern over the level of opposition he was facing from councils over plans to phase in the poll tax
The state argued that the new law rendered the poll tax
In England and Wales, councils are barred from chasing poll tax
after six years.
But, while there was widespread organised resistance to the poll tax
and active non-payment, some city residents who have recently been hit with backdated bills are adamant they know nothing about what they supposedly owe.
The poll tax
- $2 a year, levied on males only - set a pre-condition to voting, requiring the ability to read.
As a footnote, it would be interesting to see the effect if the various Socialist groups who so effectively organised the violent demonstrations against the Poll Tax
were to turn their energies, in similar fashion, to protests against VAT and Road Tax using the same logic.
NOW we know why Mr Blair wants to impose a poll tax
on our roads - it is a directive from the EU.
Had the Conservative Party kept its nerve and refused to climb down, the poll tax
might even have achieved its stated aim of making people realise just how much it costs to fund local authorities.