The riots and demonstrations against the introduction of the poll tax by Margret Thatcher is considered one of the most important historical moments in British history.
The Poll tax taxed individuals equally regardless of their income, and in 1990 the gap between rich and poor was past obscene. The rebellion against the poll tax immediately spread across the country.
The scale and intensity of the riot and sustained protests garnered great rewards:
- They contributed to the fall of Prime Minister Thatcher
- They highlighted the huge divide between rich and poor in England
- Immediately led to the repeal of the Poll Tax
First Hand Accounts of the Riots