Shah’s shop and tax rise that could leave us all poorer 

You might have watched Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 film The Iron Lady. If so, you probably recall the opening scene. The former PM, stricken by a form of dementia, slips her security guards and wanders off to her local corner shop to buy a pint of milk.

I certainly recall the scene, because that corner shop is my local one in London, just a 30-second walk from our front door. And the couple who run it, Nita and Kishore Shah, have a fleeting role as themselves serving the Streep version of Mrs T.

The Shahs have been running their shop — Victoria Greeting Cards — for 27 years. They are the hub of the local community.

Meryl Streep, playing Mrs Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady. This scene was filmed at a corner shop close to Dominic Lawson’s home and run by a couple whose business is about to receive a shattering blow as a result of the…

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