Friday, 5 October 2012

The Anti Poll Tax Moment

Anti Poll Tax Demo: 31st March 1990
Are we heading towards an anti poll tax moment? When Universal Credit is introduced next year it is estimated that 1.2 million low waged workers will lose benefits and also come under the strict surveillance and rules of conditionality similar to the unemployed-see The Guardian here. In 1989/1990 resistance exploded against the dreaded Poll Tax, seemingly coming out of nowhere, scuppering the tax and bringing Thatcher to her knees. Liberals and politicians say the British working class does not fight back against injustice-the anti-poll tax movement is one example of  large scale grass-roots struggle that disproves them big time. Will it happen again?

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