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Nigel Lawson had worked on Sundays

By Philip Goodhart   April 1996

When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson tried to avoid political engagements on Sundays. It was not surprising, therefore, that when he was invited to Chequers on Sunday 31st March 1985 to a seminar on alternatives to the rating system, he sent Peter Rees to represent the Treasury.

Lawson had been told that no decisions about the proposed poll tax would be taken at that seminar. Margaret Thatcher was becoming obsessive about the need to abolish rates; but Lawson believed that his clear-headed deputy was perfectly capable of representing his view that the whole poll tax idea was…

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