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Economy: Alan Walters diary (taxation) [Couzens desires to recommend PM to nudge Reagan towards tax increases][released 2012]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: Walters MSS (Churchill Archives Centre): WTRS 3/1/2
Editorial comments: Read other entries from this diary. View all Walters documents. The original diary can be studied here
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 155
Themes: Monetary policy, Taxation, Foreign policy (USA)

Wednesday 2nd June 1982

Ken Couzens - he would still like to recommend PM nudge Reagan toward tax increases - I stressed danger of playing into hands of E. Coast Liberals - as L. Silk of NYT implied

New policy letter for Chairman of NCB by Lawson - has no strategy of withdrawing from coal production to neutralise power of NUM.

Hessiltine [Michael Heseltine] on a form of social contract (wage restraint in public sector generally) in exchange for investment in houses, hospitals, roads

Saw Clive [Clive Whitmore] about my being missed off lists for Reagan briefing - he says its No 10’s resp i.e. private office. He apologised + got message

Chancellor + KC at Treasury - very easy agreement with KC (and Peter M [Peter Middleton] was there also) - did not mention rises in tax - but left it to RR [Ronald Reagan] how he did it. Peter M complained about KC