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POLL TAX GRAVEDIGGER RETIRES

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The magistrate credited with bringing down the poll tax has retired (Ham & High, p.13). ...
The magistrate credited with bringing down the poll tax has retired (Ham & High, p.13).

Christopher Bourke, who sat for more than 20 years as a stipendiary magistrate at Clerkenwell court, retired last week.

He is remembered for rejecting a number of Camden Council's poll tax enforcement procedures, after protracted legal arguments which lasted for days. His decision was upheld in the Divisional Court and led to the Community Charge being scrapped, reports the Ham & High.
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