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