Posts Tagged “margaret thatcher”

Review: ‘Bang!: A History of Britain in the 1980s’

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2016

Bang!: A History of Britain in the 1980s by Graham Stewart The ’80s are suddenly back, at least for the Labour party which has regressed to them. I was two years old when they began, so I recall a fair (…)

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The time Margaret Thatcher was empty chaired by the broadcasters

by Stephen Tall on March 5, 2015

Lord Ashdown told the BBC the PM’s decision to offer a one-debate ultimatum was “unbelievable” and said he couldn’t imagine Margaret Thatcher refusing to take part. (The Independent, 5th March 2015) This is, of course, rubbish. Here’s The Lady herself (…)

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Thatcher’s Rise and the “Royal We”

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2015

To me, the @ThatchersRise Twitter account — “tweeting the events leading up to the election of Margaret Thatcher as Conservative leader” — has been as compulsive and fascinating as the Serial podcast. Maybe more so: at least @ThatchersRise knows the (…)

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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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