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And so it is now the case with the 1980s; for one?s students, ?Thatcher? is a person of whom they )] TJ ET BT 34.016 259.067 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(have no firsthand knowledge, just a figure whom many of their lecturers and supervisors are prone to paint )] TJ ET BT 34.016 244.811 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(as the devil incarnate. Similarly, many of those who attend football matches take the fact of all-seater stadia )] TJ ET BT 34.016 230.555 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(for granted; the events of Hillsborough that led to them is something to be watched on YouTube. How many )] TJ ET BT 34.016 216.299 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of those that paid obscene amounts of money to see the Stone Roses reunion concerts in 2012 saw them )] TJ ET BT 34.016 202.043 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(originally? And so on. With the first decade of the 21st century having seen the comprehensive tilling of the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 187.787 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(ground of the 1970s in British history, it is perhaps no surprise that scholars have moved onto its sister )] TJ ET BT 34.016 173.531 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(decade.)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 70.328 173.531 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(1\))] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 70.328 172.137 m 84.320 172.137 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 84.320 173.531 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( As Graham Stewart ? author of among other things an excellent volume of the official history of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 159.275 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(The Times)] TJ ET BT 83.684 159.275 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( ? notes in his introduction, ?we are gaining distance and critical detachment from events and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 145.019 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(personalities that seemed remarkable even at the time? \(p. 1\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 118.763 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(In a strange quirk of fate, I was around a quarter of the way into this book when the news came over the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 104.507 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(wires of the death of Margaret Thatcher. Any book about Britain in the 1980s must inevitably revolve )] TJ ET BT 34.016 90.251 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(around the former Conservative Prime Minister, and Stewart on the whole agrees with Andrew Rawnsley?s )] TJ ET BT 34.016 75.995 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(recent verdict that often there seem to be two Margaret Thatchers ? a mythologized version that recourse to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 61.739 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the historical record doesn?t always support. 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Meanwhile the novelty of the SDP had quickly worn off after its formation in the early 1980s ? there )] TJ ET BT 34.016 232.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(was now no need for ?for the media to dispatch a camera team every time Shirley Williams stepped deftly )] TJ ET BT 34.016 218.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(from a railway carriage onto a station platform? \(p. 174\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 192.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(What of Thatcher?s economic policies? Stewart is by no means a convert: ?whatever the promises of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 178.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(eventual salvation the early consequences of the new economic policy were appalling? \(p. 59\). Thatcher )] TJ ET BT 34.016 163.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(always maintained that unemployment would fall once inflation was halted. 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The oil bubble did not last long, with production peaking in 1985 and the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 767.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(international price of oil collapsing in 1986, not to mention the Piper Alpha disaster of 1988. By 1992, ?the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 753.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(North Sea?s income stood at half its 1985 level ? 11.7 billion, yielding merely 2.2 billion in tax? \(p. 192\) )] TJ ET BT 34.016 739.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(It might be argued however, that those who state Britain should have taken a long term view over North Sea )] TJ ET BT 34.016 725.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(oil with regards to imposing an extraction cap )] TJ ET BT 257.324 725.189 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(ala)] TJ ET BT 272.660 725.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( Norway are endowed with the benefit of hindsight. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 710.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Britain?s finances in 1979 were precarious enough ?for the outgoing Labour and incoming Conservative )] TJ ET BT 34.016 696.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(governments to conclude that oil proceeds were a necessary lifeline for the present, rather than the future? )] TJ ET BT 34.016 682.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(p. 195\). 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To use one of many of Gordon Gekko?s lines from the ubiquitous 1980s film )] TJ ET BT 434.648 330.533 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Wall Street)] TJ ET BT 488.312 330.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( ? Stewart )] TJ ET BT 34.016 316.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(predictably rolls out ?Greed, for the lack of a better word, is good? early on ? the British firms ?weren?t used )] TJ ET BT 34.016 302.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to pissing in the tall weeds with the big dogs.? But for all the problems and unintended consequences that the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 287.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Big Bang wrought, had it not taken place it is hard to see how the London Stock Exchange could have )] TJ ET BT 34.016 273.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(avoided becoming an irrelevance ? ?marginalisation as the price for retaining the old ways would hardly )] TJ ET BT 34.016 259.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(have been in the domestic economy?s wider interests? \(p. 408\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 232.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The 1980s were also the decade that saw the decline ? or the breaking of, depending on your viewpoint ? of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 218.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(trade unionism. Ted Heath had fought and lost an election on the question of ?who governs?? in the 1970s; )] TJ ET BT 34.016 204.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and Thatcher was determined history would not repeat itself. The two major union confrontations ? between )] TJ ET BT 34.016 190.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the miners and the government during 1984?5 and between the print workers union and Rupert Murdoch )] TJ ET BT 34.016 175.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(over the move of the latter?s newspaper titles to a plant in Wapping in 1986 ? both saw the unions soundly )] TJ ET BT 34.016 161.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(defeated. By the end of the decade a country that ?was internationally notorious for being strike-torn )] TJ ET BT 34.016 147.461 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(became, within a short period of time, a model of industrial peace? \(p. 375\). What were the reasons for this? )] TJ ET BT 34.016 133.205 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The privatisation of previously nationalised industries which had been a hotbed of militancy was clearly a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 118.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(factor; as was a series of legislatory measures which changed the way strikes could be organised. Doing )] TJ ET BT 34.016 104.693 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(away with an incomes policy also meant that ministers no longer needed to negotiate pay norms ? or indeed )] TJ ET BT 34.016 90.437 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(anything policy related ? with union leaders. Such was the change in the state of affairs that when EC )] TJ ET BT 34.016 76.181 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(president Jacques Delors visited the TUC conference of 1988, he was given a standing ovation for a speech )] TJ ET BT 34.016 61.925 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(that proposed standardizing employment law across the European Union: an ovation from a movement ?that )] TJ ET endstream endobj 27 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 30 0 R ] /Contents 28 0 R >> endobj 28 0 obj << /Length 7855 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(had until that point regarded the European project as capitalist dogma? \(p. 379\). One could interpret all of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 782.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the above measures as part of a concerted policy by the Conservatives to destroy the trade unions; but )] TJ ET BT 34.016 767.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Stewart ultimately makes no comment on the matter.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 741.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(If the reader feels that I have concentrated on the fortunes of Thatcher and the Conservatives to the detriment )] TJ ET BT 34.016 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of the other political parties, this is largely because Stewart does the same. This is not so much a reflection )] TJ ET BT 34.016 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of political prejudice as a testament to the minuscule impact the opposition parties had in Britain for much of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 698.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the 1980s. The birth of the SDP is covered in some detail; but for all the fanfare that accompanied the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 684.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(breakaway of the Gang of Four, ?the most discernible long-term consequence of the SDP?s brief life was )] TJ ET BT 34.016 670.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(that it bought about the demise of the Liberal Party after 129 years of independent existence? \(p. 427\). In )] TJ ET BT 34.016 656.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1980 Jim Callaghan stepped down as Labour leader, and to avoid having to choose between Denis Healey )] TJ ET BT 34.016 641.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and Tony Benn \(who later slugged it out in a tremendously bitter contest over the deputy leadership\) the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 627.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(party voted for compromise candidate Michael Foot; who promptly led Labour to its worst election result )] TJ ET BT 34.016 613.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(since 1934. Neil Kinnock took over from the hapless Foot with Roy Hattersley as his deputy ? the ?dream )] TJ ET BT 34.016 599.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(ticket? as it was put at the time ? but the faction within the party known as the Militant Tendency continued )] TJ ET BT 34.016 584.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to cause problems, and although Labour added 20 seats to their tally at the 1987 general election, the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 570.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Conservatives still retained a three-figure majority.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 544.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(In 1989 Margaret Thatcher took to the platform at the Conservative Party conference to be greeted by chants )] TJ ET BT 34.016 530.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of ?ten more years!? Little over 12 months later, she was out of office, removed not by the electorate, but by )] TJ ET BT 34.016 515.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(her own party. Popular memory associates the downfall of Thatcher with the community charge, the official )] TJ ET BT 34.016 501.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(name for what was more commonly referred to as the Poll Tax. The genesis for the tax rested on two fronts. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 487.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(In the mid 1980s, several Labour-controlled councils reacted to the government cap on rate rises by )] TJ ET BT 34.016 473.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(announcing they would set no rates at all, resulting in a farcical situation in Liverpool where the city council )] TJ ET BT 34.016 458.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(hired 30 taxis to dispatch 31,000 90-day redundancy notices to its staff. Eventually the councils were bought )] TJ ET BT 34.016 444.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(into line, but it had been a close-run thing; if the councils had held out longer, several inner cities might have )] TJ ET BT 34.016 430.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(descended into chaos. Despite )] TJ ET BT 181.652 430.325 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(The Sun)] TJ ET BT 220.652 430.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( raging against ?loony left? councils, the Labour vote in most of them )] TJ ET BT 34.016 416.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(was holding up. The government this started to look at taking ? among other powers ? taxation away from )] TJ ET BT 34.016 401.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(local authorities in the hope of making said Labour councils unelectable. The other impetus for the Poll Tax )] TJ ET BT 34.016 387.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(lay in Scotland; a mandatory rate evaluation in 1985 had seen outrage among Scots with regards to the new )] TJ ET BT 34.016 373.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(tax demands, and the Scottish Tories concluded a flat rate would be preferable to one linked to property )] TJ ET BT 34.016 359.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(value. If ?the new system was good enough for Scotland, it was presumably good enough for England ? On )] TJ ET BT 34.016 344.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(9 January 1986, the Cabinet approved in principle the poll tax? \(p. 438\). The unpopularity of the Poll Tax )] TJ ET BT 34.016 330.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(can be illustrated by the fact that whereas under the old system the Duke of Westminster paid 10,255, under )] TJ ET BT 34.016 316.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the poll tax he ?would now be asked for 417, the same as his housekeeper and chauffer? \(p. 422\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 290.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(To use Lawrence Stone?s model of causation, if the poll tax was the precipitant, the trigger was Europe. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 275.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Thatcher had not always been what we now call a Eurosceptic; having campaigned for Britain to remain in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 261.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the EEC in the run-up to the 1975 referendum. However, her relations with her European partners were )] TJ ET BT 34.016 247.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(never great during her tenure: after 1985 her relationship with Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev was better )] TJ ET BT 34.016 232.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(than with any of her EC counterparts.)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 214.316 232.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(4\))] TJ ET 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 214.316 231.603 m 228.308 231.603 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 228.308 232.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( But it was EC President Jacques Delor?s aforementioned speech to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 218.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the TUC conference of 1988 that set in motion the train of events that saw the resignation of her Chancellor, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 204.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the Deputy Prime Minister, and ultimately Thatcher herself. Responding to Delors? TUC speech, Thatcher )] TJ ET BT 34.016 190.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(infamously remarked that ?we have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the State in Britain only to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 175.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(see them reimposed at a European level? \(p. 447\). Her disagreements with her cabinet over the issue of the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 161.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(European Exchange Rate Mechanism saw Geoffrey Howe moved from Foreign Secretary to Leader of the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 147.461 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(House and led Nigel Lawson resign as Chancellor in 1989.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 121.205 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(It appeared the tide was also beginning to turn against the Conservatives in the country; the constituents of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 106.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Eastbourne reacted to the murder of Ian Gow by the IRA by overturning a 17,000 Tory majority into one of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 92.693 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(4,500 for the Liberal Democrats. Geoffrey Howe had considered resigning in 1989, but hadn?t gone through )] TJ ET BT 34.016 78.437 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(with it; in 1990 he delivered a resignation speech \(made all the more effective the fact it was televised, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 64.181 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(cameras having been allowed into the Commons the previous year ? a fact Stewart fails to mention\) that )] TJ ET BT 34.016 49.925 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(proved to be the )] TJ ET BT 114.668 49.925 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(coup de grace)] TJ ET BT 182.648 49.925 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( for Thatcher ? one of her oldest lieutenants was now publicly saying that ?the )] TJ ET endstream endobj 29 0 obj [27 0 R /Fit] endobj 30 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 31 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 214.3157 231.9175 228.3077 243.7975 ] >> endobj 31 0 obj << /Type /Action >> endobj 32 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 33 0 R >> endobj 33 0 obj << /Length 7371 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(time has come for others to consider their own response to the tragic conflict of loyalties which I myself )] TJ ET BT 34.016 782.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(have wrestled with for perhaps too long? \(p. 457\). Michael Heseltine ? who for years had been positioning )] TJ ET BT 34.016 767.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(himself as the heir apparent ? announced he would stand against Thatcher in the annual leadership selection, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 753.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(which was usually a formality. Thatcher kept to her official schedule instead of campaigning ? justifiably she )] TJ ET BT 34.016 739.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(argued that if she hadn?t convinced people with her record in office, there probably wasn?t much hope in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 725.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(any case ? finding out in Paris that the contest would need to be decided by a second ballot. Initially she )] TJ ET BT 34.016 710.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(announced she would fight on: but on her return to Downing Street, she discovered the true extent of the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 696.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(party?s disaffection ? the consensus was that ?she was now ?so badly wounded that it would be better to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 682.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(finish her off than let her limp on? \(p. 459\). And so she resigned on November 22, 1990.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 656.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(What does Stewart see as the legacy of the 1980s? A compare and contrast exercise between Britain and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 641.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1979 and 1990 reveals the changes wrought by the decade. The issues filling newspaper columns at the end )] TJ ET BT 34.016 627.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of the 1970s were by and large the same ones present at the start of it: rapidly rising prices; strikes and their )] TJ ET BT 34.016 613.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(resolution, with pronouncements by trade union leaders being as least as important as those of the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 599.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(government; the two sides in the Cold War facing each other across a divided Germany \(p. 460\). Some )] TJ ET BT 34.016 584.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(elements of the 1970s were still prevalent at the start of the 1990s: unemployment was still a concern, and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 570.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the IRA terror campaign showed little sign of slowing down. But there was much that had changed. The )] TJ ET BT 34.016 556.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(transformation of the 1980s, ?judged by this admittedly crude method, seems not only more profound than )] TJ ET BT 34.016 542.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(that which was wrought during the seventies, but also more primary in nature than the breaks in continuity ? )] TJ ET BT 34.016 527.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(between Britain in the respective summers of 1991 and 2001? \(p. 461\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 501.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(What changed in Britain in the 1980s? As we noted earlier, the prominent position enjoyed by the unions in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 487.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the 1970s had disappeared at the turn of the 1990s. Interventionist economic measures were largely )] TJ ET BT 34.016 473.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(jettisoned during the 1980s; the question of whether Britain should have a market or a socialist economy was )] TJ ET BT 34.016 458.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(permanently settled: by the end of the decade Labour had given up on the idea of renationalising British )] TJ ET BT 34.016 444.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Telecom or British Airways. This naturally leads to the question of whether a more interventionist economic )] TJ ET BT 34.016 430.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(policy might have saved British manufacturing, which all but collapsed in the 1980s. Stewart argues ?it )] TJ ET BT 34.016 416.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(should not be presumed that British industrial decline would have been reversible if capital movement had )] TJ ET BT 34.016 401.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(continued to be restricted and government had remained interventionist?, using the example of the similar )] TJ ET BT 34.016 387.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(decline of French manufacturing, which took place under a socialist government \(p. 465\). Furthermore, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 373.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Stewart puts it that had the Thatcherite policies introduced by the mid 1980s been available earlier in the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 359.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(decade, they would have bought down inflation and therefore the tough interest rate squeeze of 1980?1 )] TJ ET BT 34.016 344.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(would not have been necessary.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 318.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Stewart also argues that it is a myth that the eighties saw the end of the ?post-war consensus.? Some of it )] TJ ET BT 34.016 304.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(was dismantled: nationalised industries, a commitment to full employment and a corporatist partnership with )] TJ ET BT 34.016 290.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the trade unions all fell by the wayside. But Thatcher was more of a disciple of Attlee and Bevin?s foreign )] TJ ET BT 34.016 275.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(policy than Michael Foot or Neil Kinnock were; despite constant criticism of her attitude towards the NHS, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 261.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(government spending on health increased by over one third above inflation, and no major reforms were )] TJ ET BT 34.016 247.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(introduced during her premiership. In a famous exchange with Hugo Young, Thatcher bridled at the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 232.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(suggestion she had moved away from 1950s conservatism, arguing that in her view Britain had started to go )] TJ ET BT 34.016 218.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(downhill in the late 1960s, a process which had continued throughout the 1970s.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 192.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Nonetheless, Stewart does not gloss over the fact the 1980s were not all coffee and roses. Some of the worse )] TJ ET BT 34.016 178.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(picket line violence in the country?s history was witnessed at Orgreave and Wapping; football hooligans saw )] TJ ET BT 34.016 163.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(English clubs banned from European competition for the rest of the decade, while the increasing tendency to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 149.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(treat football fans like cattle lead inexorably to the Hillsborough disaster; inner-city riots in 1981 saw the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 135.461 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(government consider partially evacuating Liverpool \(revealed in Cabinet papers post-dating Stewart?s )] TJ ET BT 34.016 121.205 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(book\); the troubles in Northern Ireland claimed 853 lives without bringing the conflict much closer to a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 106.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(conclusion; the decade saw the outbreak of AIDS, and heroin use rose dramatically \(despite the best efforts )] TJ ET BT 34.016 92.693 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of )] TJ ET BT 47.012 92.693 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Grange Hill)] TJ ET BT 105.344 92.693 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\). The 1980s saw the death of the idea of ?a job for life? \(with the exception of a few )] TJ ET BT 34.016 78.437 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(protected areas in the public sector\), which ?made for anxious times and searing hardship, especially among )] TJ ET BT 34.016 64.181 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(those with few skills or with a specialism that was not easily transferable? \(p. 470\).)] TJ ET endstream endobj 34 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 37 0 R 40 0 R 43 0 R ] /Contents 35 0 R >> endobj 35 0 obj << /Length 7998 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 784.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(As Hugh-Trevor Roper once put it, history is what happened in the context of what might have happened. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(We talked earlier of some of the what-ifs ? the point about counterfactuals is that they remind us nothing is )] TJ ET BT 34.016 755.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(inevitable, and certainly the turn that events took over the course of the 1980s were not pre-ordained in any )] TJ ET BT 34.016 741.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(way. The Falklands War was an extremely close-run thing; a British reverse in the conflict would have put )] TJ ET BT 34.016 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Thatcher under enormous pressure \(though the case that the nation could ever have been persuaded to vote )] TJ ET BT 34.016 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(for Foot remains to be made\). If the IRA bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton had been placed differently, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 698.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(who would the next occupant of Number Ten have been? If Arthur Scargill ?had chosen his timing better, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 684.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(alienated fewer potential allies \(and other miners\) and known when to make a small compromise in order to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 670.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(gain the substance of his demands, then the miners would have won their strike? and trade union power )] TJ ET BT 34.016 656.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(would have remained alive and well \(p. 472\). If Dennis Healey had won the 1980 Labour leadership election )] TJ ET BT 34.016 641.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(instead of Michael Foot, he certainly would have been a tougher first term opponent.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 615.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Inevitably Stewart?s book will be compared to Dominic Sandbrook?s tomes on the 1960s and 1970s. One )] TJ ET BT 34.016 601.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(area where Stewart?s work isn?t quite up to Sandbrook?s is in the latter?s ability to weave in a cultural )] TJ ET BT 34.016 587.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(exemplar to underline a point in a political chapter; or vice versa. One can?t help feel that for instance, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 572.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Sandbrook would have underlined the impact of acid house upon mainstream culture by citing the episode of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 558.629 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Brookside)] TJ ET BT 82.676 558.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( where Jimmy Corkhill ended up dropping E at a rave; or mentioned the parody of the Protect and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 544.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Survive manual in )] TJ ET BT 125.012 544.373 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(The Young Ones)] TJ ET BT 204.344 544.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(. Ultimately there isn?t quite as much depth to Stewart?s work as there is )] TJ ET BT 34.016 530.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to Sandbrook?s; and the former doesn?t quite possess the verve in his writing style of the latter.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 503.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(There are several omissions, particularly with regards culture; no mention of )] TJ ET BT 404.612 503.861 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(The Young Ones)] TJ ET BT 483.944 503.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(, undoubtedly )] TJ ET BT 34.016 489.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(one of the defining comedies of the 1980s; and no mention of the fact the first series of )] TJ ET BT 454.616 489.605 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(The Blackadder )] TJ ET BT 533.936 489.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(was )] TJ ET BT 34.016 475.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(fantastically dire, and it was the addition of Ben Elton to the writing team that transformed it into a classic. I )] TJ ET BT 34.016 461.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(also find it odd that )] TJ ET BT 130.352 461.093 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Auf Wiedersehen Pet )] TJ ET BT 233.996 461.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(? a quintessential program of the Thatcher era based around )] TJ ET BT 34.016 446.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(unemployed builders from England being forced to look for work in Germany ? is ignored. There is also no )] TJ ET BT 34.016 432.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(mention of one of the decade?s most iconic television storylines, Zammo?s descent into heroin addiction in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 418.325 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Grange Hill)] TJ ET BT 92.348 418.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(; or the Davis vs. Taylor snooker final from 1985 that drew a record post-midnight audience of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 404.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(18.5 million viewers. With regards to music: no mention of C86; the section on The Smiths fails to mention )] TJ ET BT 34.016 389.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(that in the high court royalties case the judge called Morrissey ?devious, truculent and unreliable?. I can also )] TJ ET BT 34.016 375.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(testify that no-one ever said ?Welcome to the Acid House?; I suspect the phrase Stewart wanted was )] TJ ET BT 34.016 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?Welcome to the Jackin? Zone?, which )] TJ ET BT 225.632 361.301 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(was)] TJ ET BT 244.304 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( prevalent at the time.)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 348.620 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(5\))] TJ ET 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 348.620 359.907 m 362.612 359.907 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 362.612 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( If one is going to talk about the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 347.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(emergence of acid house, one should surely make a mention of a style of music known as ?bleep?, which )] TJ ET BT 34.016 332.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(was the first real British twist on acid house.)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 247.664 332.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(6\))] TJ ET 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 247.664 331.395 m 261.656 331.395 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 34.016 306.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The above might be regarded as ephemeral; more serious perhaps is the lack of space Stewart devotes to the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 292.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(topic of football hooliganism. Also missing is at least a cursory discussion of the Westland affair. One can )] TJ ET BT 34.016 278.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(understand why Stewart chose to address it only with a paragraph, as it doesn?t easily fit into his taxonomic )] TJ ET BT 34.016 263.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(schema for the book. Nonetheless ? as bizarre as it might seem in hindsight ? the closest Thatcher came to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 249.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(having to resign during her premiership was due to a dispute over the ownership of a West Country )] TJ ET BT 34.016 235.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(helicopter company. 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