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The Government’s estimate of what the community charge - or poll tax - will cost the Border people was denounced as “naive, based on flawed assumptions and cruelly deceptive for the people in the Borders.” Mr Pete Jeary, Director of Finance, confessed there were some holds barred in his otherwise all-out attack on what the Government, in the form of Secretary of State Malcolm Rifkind, thinks Border people ought to know about what they will pay under the new tax.