Grenfell: Forty Years In The Making

Pam Jarvis | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Pam Jarvis

If we are determined to ensure that further tragedies on the Grenfell scale never happen again, it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that we root out the Thatcherist cancer that has been mushrooming at the heart of our society for the past three and a half decades, returning to a 'people first' approach.

Thatcherism Redux is Coming Undone, As Cameron and Co. Acquire the Habit of Defeat

Christian Garland | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The incumbent Tory government of David Cameron and co. seemed to be under the illusion that since it scraped a majority at last year's general election, it could do what it liked to the country and the (post-political) 'what works' ideology of Thatcherism Redux could be freely imposed at will. Fast forward to the last few weeks and it becomes very apparent that that is not at all the case.

Thatcher Drops Out Of Labour Leadership Race Over Fears She Is "Too Left-Wing"

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Kieran Turner-Dave

Margaret Thatcher has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest due to fears that she is too radically left-wing to lead the Labour Party.

Owen Jones - A Response to the Labour Party's Betrayal

Michael Abberton | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

Blair's new Thatcherism and warmongering pushed me from Labour long ago, but still every new tory-lite policy Miliband's Labour announces seems like a fresh betrayal. It's high time the base support Labour takes for granted realised that continuing to vote Labour is not in their best interest. It's time for a real change, for the common good.

Did Thatcherism Fail Britons? This Graph Suggests It Did

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Politics

Margaret Thatcher's premiership was all about making capitalism popular, as Brits were encouraged to flock to buy shares in institutions like British ...

Where Are Ukip Taking Us

William Davie | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

In order to counter the rise of Ukip Cameron is going to have to listen to those on his right and move the party back to where it was. If he doesn't, he is going to face sniping from his right flank for the next two years.

Conservatives Should Know the Limits of Becoming Thatcher's Imitators

Robert DG Smith | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics
Robert DG Smith

Whereas radicalism once polarised society between left and right, perhaps it is now apathy which polarises a society from its political class.

Let Margaret Thatcher Go

Nick Harkaway | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Harkaway

This week, everyone believes in the hero theory of history. There are no great or pivotal moments, only great people moving the inert masses by force of personality.

No, Dave, We're Not All Thatcherites Now

PA | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg delivered a dig at David Cameron today for suggesting "we are all Thatcherites now". The Liberal Democrat leader said he was not clear w...

Ding Dong Thatcher's Gone - Should I Celebrate?

Rima Amin | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Rima Amin

I understand why people are angry by the woman who favoured functional inequalities and believed it to be a necessity for a dynamic economy as she cared little for those consequently suffering.

What an Act - The Pretend World of Margaret Thatcher

James Ruddick | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
James Ruddick

The tributes to Margaret Thatcher have her endlessly depicted her as a conviction politician - but history will find the reality less consistent, more complex. Those who bother to drill down into the myth soon realise that she was as mutable and movable as any other politician, too often an empty vessel waiting to be told what to do and think, and always prepared to pretend the opposite of what she believed if it would get her to where she needed to go.

A State Funeral for Thatcher Is an Insult to Justice

John Wight | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

Awarding what amounts to a state funeral to Margaret Thatcher is an obscenity and an insult to the millions who suffered as a direct result of her time in office and afterwards under the ideology, Thatcherism, which bears her name.

Thatcherism Isn't Satanism

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Swain

Thatcher should be judged on how radically she sought to contract or privatise Britain's nationalised industries, on how she reacted to football violence, on her foreign policy, on her support for the awful Section 28. On her policies. Not on her apparent magical effect on all of us, as if she possessed quasi-spiritual powers to decide how we all feel.

Thatcher is Dead, but Thatcherism Is Alive

Giovanni Vimercati | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Politics
Giovanni Vimercati

What remains for all of us to face up to is her political and economic heritage, for Thatcher might be dead, but Thatcherism is alive and well. And its reach was never more ubiquitous as is it today. In her very own words, Thatcher affirmed individual gain above collective benefit when she said: "There is no such thing as society."

Can David Cameron Survive 2013?

Darrell Goodliffe | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Politics
Darrell Goodliffe

Getting rid of Cameron could be the shot in the arm that the blue team need, especially against an opposition that has the public ear after last year but has yet to summon up widespread enthusiasm for its own vision of where Britain should be headed.

What Thatcher Can Teach Miliband About Fighting Thatcherism

George Chesterton | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Politics
George Chesterton

The shadows of Margaret Thatcher are legion, but beyond the scarring left by her policies it is now relevant to consider why she was popular with anyone at all. The answer is exactly the same reason she was unpopular: her conviction. This mysterious quality could again be the forebear of radical change in British politics.

'Borismania' Reveals Tory Doubts - But Is Boris Really a Credible Future PM?

Tom Smith | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Smith

Unlike Cameron - unlike any other Conservative in the last 15 years - the Mayor of London is a winner. To get elected once in a Labour-leaning city is no mean feat. To do so twice is a very impressive achievement indeed (as is not totally cocking the job up in between).

The Great Moving Right Show

Nick Pearce | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Politics
Nick Pearce

As Tuesday's reshuffle made clear, a new generation of right-wing conservatives is coming to the fore in British politics. This (new) New Right -exemplified by the Free Enterprise Group MPs Liz Truss, Priti Patel and Dominic Raab - differs from the Thatcherites of the 1980s in some key respects. It is mostly liberal on social issues, largely uncluttered with baggage on family and faith, and interested in policy issues that concern modern parents, like childcare.

Humanity Can Overcome Technology

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Whatever your politics, however much of a geek you are, you have to have faith that human beings can rise above technology and touch people with meaning and with soul. For, if not, what is there to live for?