The Scotsman cartoon: Poll tax revelation

Illustration: Iain Green

Illustration: Iain Green

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MARGARET Thatcher and the Conservative government in the 1980s used Scotland as a poll tax guinea pig, recently discovered papers have indicated.

The new evidence reveals Scottish secretary George Younger played a strong role in persuading the PM to introduce poll tax - officially called the community charge - as opposed to one based on property.

Conservative Party figures have always insisted the tax was introduced in Scotland first purely to avoid another rates revaluation.


Tories used Scotland as ‘poll tax guinea pig’


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