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Controversy over new forms of taxation is not just a modern phenomenon. King William III introduced the Window Tax in 1696 as an alternative to income tax, which was considered by many people at the time to be an unacceptable governmental intrusion into private matters, and a potential threat to personal liberty. How things have changed!
The window tax resulted in many property owners bricking up windows in their houses and rooms would be plunged into darkness, hence the phrase "Daylight Robbery."
Picture: A house in Portland Street, Southampton, with bricked-up spaces in place of windows. Courtesy of Gary Burt, Wikipedia.org