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Dick Douglas MP, poll Tax protester, dies

Richard Giles "Dick" Douglas who died on 3rd May 2014, was a former Scottish politician, having been a member of the British House of Commons firstly as a Labour Co-operative candidate, then latterly as a Scottish National Party member.

After he was faced with legal action for not paying his poll tax - by then 800 Clydesdale Bank notes - he rose to his feet in the Commons and cited (though paraphrased) his compatriot Rabbie Burns. "They break our backs for Maggie's tax, such a parcel of rogues in a nation." He updated the Bard by adding: "The people of Scotland will not accept this unfair, undemocratic tax they did not vote for.'"


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