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Polly Toynbee horrifies her feminist friends.

By Polly Toynbee   January 1998

Separate taxation now! For years we campaigned, and finally Nigel Lawson gave it to us in 1990. A landmark blow was struck for women; it removed (almost) the last vestiges of the notion that married women are their husbands’ chattels.

I felt faintly guilty about it at the time, as this fine feminist victory handed over large sums of money to dual-earner families, most of which do not need extra help compared with poorer single-earner families. But the Tories were in power, apparently forever. Giving more to the poor was simply not on the agenda, and tax cuts for the…

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