Thatcher's poll tax miscalculation

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Thatcher's poll tax miscalculation

Postby daib0 » 31 Dec 2016, 15:44

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

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Re: Thatcher's poll tax miscalculation

Postby Brianposh » 31 Dec 2016, 19:06

A great local Tax system. I would have welcomed it, if it had been introduced. The system used now WILL be changed over the next 5-10 years I believe.
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Re: Thatcher's poll tax miscalculation

Postby stuie » 31 Dec 2016, 19:19

Brianposh wrote:A great local Tax system. I would have welcomed it, if it had been introduced. The system used now WILL be changed over the next 5-10 years I believe.


Brian

I thought so on its introduction, but unfortunately it was not thought through

(I am a Thatcherite)

it did not reflect the ability to pay, my father in law (rip) showed me his pay slip, and his pol tax bill, over night 50% of his wages disappeared
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Re: Thatcher's poll tax miscalculation

Postby daib0 » 31 Dec 2016, 20:45

stuie wrote:
Brianposh wrote:A great local Tax system. I would have welcomed it, if it had been introduced. The system used now WILL be changed over the next 5-10 years I believe.


Brian

I thought so on its introduction, but unfortunately it was not thought through

(I am a Thatcherite)

it did not reflect the ability to pay, my father in law (rip) showed me his pay slip, and his pol tax bill, over night 50% of his wages disappeared


it probably was a ripe moment to have some kind of change, but I don't think this was ever it ...
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Re: Thatcher's poll tax miscalculation

Postby Brianposh » 01 Jan 2017, 10:33

The Treasury did not set it up correctly and as stuie says was not thought through in enough detail. A house with say 2-3 working sons in it were paying the same as a widow on her own, bad starter to begin with.
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