Windows 95 - 1795, that is

9th February 2007 at 00:00
To the Gordon Brown and Bill Gates show at the Scottish Parliament. The Chancellor was recalling for the benefit of the Microsoft billionnaire how the real tax during the days of his hero and fellow Kirkcaldian Adam Smith was not income tax but a tax on windows. "Don't worry," he assured Gates, "I'm not planning to go back there."

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