Mrs Thatcher, North Sea oil and the hegemony of the City

[…] thought, I smell a big rip-off. I wonder how it’s being done? So I did a little digging, though I could see how the ideology of the Thatcher wing of the Tory Party connected to the disappearance of oil revenues from the UK economy; and wrote a piece called ‘The Theft of North Sea […]

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The liberal apocalypse: or, understanding the 1970s and 80s

The liberal apocalypse: or, understanding the 1970s and 80s We’ve just had another burst of intellectual activity around the Thatcher years. We’ve seen recently: Richard Cockett’s Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-tanks and the Economic Counter-Revolution 1931-83, (Harper Collins, London, 1994, 25.00); ‘Mrs Thatcher and the Intellectuals’, by Brian Harrison, in 20th Century British History, vol. […]

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Western Goals (UK)

Organisation, History and Politics In the early years of the Thatcher decade, the radical or ‘new’ right was generally treated as though it was a united palace guard for libertarian Conservatism. More recently it has become clearer that the radical right in Britain was, at best, an ‘anti wet’ alliance between authoritarian/ nationalist and […]

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Back to the future: the 1970s reconsidered

[…] tiny group of not very bright Thatcherites.(1) To understand where we are now, we have to go back to the 1970s. For the 1970s led to Mrs. Thatcher, which led to the progressive collapse of Labour as a radical, reforming party.(2) Mrs. Thatcher claimed legitimacy from the events of the 1970s; and the Blair […]

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The Enemy Within: Thatcher’s Secret War Against the Miners; GB84

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[…] UK political landscape. This epic battle was the culmination of a long series of anti-trade union and anti-Labour actions, planned and executed by Nicholas Ridley and Margaret Thatcher. Their ambitious purpose was to weaken, or preferably confine to history, socialist or social democratic values of solidarity and collective action. They were intent upon the […]

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Demos

[…] the NSC 1997-98. Demos also advertised an April meeting with George Soros. Sir Douglas HagueInstitute for Economic Affairs (IEA) and Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) adviser to Thatcher with the 1981 Policy Unit with Cecil Parkinson, Norman Lamont, Alan Walters and Nigel Lawson which provided the basis for Conservative strategy until 1989. (8) Associate […]

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Our Friends in the North West: The Owen Oyston Affair

[…] chip shop in the village of Longridge, Lancs, was backed by help and cash payments raised by two former government ministers and a millionaire friend of Margaret Thatcher. The former Tory ministers are Sir Robert Atkins and Lord Blaker. Their target was the Labour Party’s biggest private contributor in the days of Neil Kinnock’s […]

Blood revenge: the aftermath of the assassination of Airey Neave

[…] then little known Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) soon claimed responsibility. The widespread shock which greeted his assassination was probably nowhere more clearly felt than by Mrs Thatcher, then leader of the Conservative opposition. Neave had masterminded Thatcher’s rise to power in the Conservative Party, organising her election as party leader. It was probably […]

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The view from the bridge

[…] Congress for Cultural Freedom in Lobster 36 and 38, has written a very interesting study of Margaret Thatcher’s first visit to America in 1967.(2) Scott-Smith shows that Thatcher, then a junior shadow spokesperson in the Tory Party, was talent-spotted by the State Department’s man in the London embassy who liaised with the Tory Party, […]

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