Posts Tagged “margaret thatcher”

Careful, Boris. Remember what happened to the last top Tory to liken the Lib Dems to a bird?

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2013

“The sooner we are shot of the great yellow albatross, in my view, the better.” So said Boris Johnson yesterday, taking a pop at both Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems. But, as a classics scholar, Boris should beware a little thing called hubris. At the 1990 Tory Party conference, Mrs Thatcher poked fun at […]

Liberal Villain of the Month: Boris Johnson

by Stephen Tall on November 29, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Boris Johnson Mayor of London Reason: for believing intelligence is fixed and fee-paying schools are the only hope for bright children. There’s a lot to admire about Boris Johnson. The brilliant turn […]

How Thatcherite are you?

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2013

“We are all Thatcherites now,” declared David Cameron on the morning of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. Not so, said Nick Clegg: “He’s the leader of the Conservative Party he’s perfectly entitled to say that. I certainly wouldn’t call myself a Thatcherite. I’m a Liberal, she wasn’t a Liberal. I’ve always called myself a Liberal, I always [...]

Review: Margaret Thatcher – Death of a Revolutionary

by Stephen Tall on April 14, 2013

Margaret – Death of a Revolutionary (7pm, 13 April, Channel 4: watch it online here). ‘Martin Durkin presents his controversial thesis that Margaret Thatcher was a working class revolutionary’. I just checked the meaning of thesis. One definition is: A (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #34: Margaret Thatcher. (She’s also a Liberal Villain, too.)

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If they stick up […]

Ding Dong & Mrs T. It’s simple: don’t buy it and don’t ban it

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2013

As journalists look to extend the reason to continue writing about Margaret Thatcher’s death, three quick points from me on the entirely bogus furore over whether the BBC should play Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead on Radio One… 1) Don’t buy the record At least not in protest against Margaret Thatcher (if you just [...]

Guido the Libertarian? Not so much.

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2013

Paul Staines’ Guido Fawkes blog is calling for the BBC to self-censor itself by refusing to play the song with a title beloved by juvenile anti-Thatcherites Ding Dong the Witch is Dead from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (the same kind (…)

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4 graphs on Thatcher’s legacy: a richer but more unequal nation.

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2013

A generation on, the Thatcher legacy continues to provoke and divide. One of the questions it poses for liberals is one this government is still wrestling with: does inequality matter if everyone’s getting richer? Margaret Thatcher’s answer was that it did not — as she famously illustrated in one of her last Commons performances in [...]

Paddy Ashdown pays tribute to Margaret Thatcher (and shows Nick how it’s done)

by Stephen Tall on April 10, 2013

MPs in the Commons and peers in the Lords have been queuing up this afternoon to record their tributes to Margaret Thatcher, including both Nick Clegg and Paddy Ashdown. To read both their tributes, please scroll down the page. Nick’s come in for some stick on Twitter, mostly from right-wing MPs/journalists, for instance Mark Reckless [...]

Mrs Thatcher’s impact: how the public sees it now, how LDV readers saw it in 2008

by Stephen Tall on April 9, 2013

The Guardian is the first off the blocks with an ICM poll asking the public’s retrospective verdict on Margaret Thatcher’s record in office. Here’s the topline figure of whether her 11-year premiership had been good or bad for Britain: The paper also asked about specific policies, finding: The sale of council homes and tackling of [...]



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