Inevitably the death of a political figure prompts much retrospective analysis, especially as to their legacy. The most succinct analysis that seems to be heard of the Thatcher years is that she implemented necessary reforms, and then some, causing much pain to those less well off. The infamous poll tax, a tax imposed per resident to replace council rates, was the worst of these. Like the Goods and Service Tax here, it was the very worst kind of tax- a regressive one, which highlights one of my fundamental issues with conservatism- measures implemented under the banner of ‘equality’ which really harm those worst off the most. By shifting from a much fairer progressive tax to a flat tax, she clearly demonstrated the nasty contempt that certain sections of conservatism seem to have for those less well off.