We Aren’t All Thatcherites Now

In June of 2002, Peter Mandelson wrote an article for the Times in which he declared, “We are all Thatcherites now.” This might have seemed an odd statement to come from a Labour ex-spin doctor but, given the direction that the Blair government was taking at the time, one can at least understand the rationale behind it.

After the recent death of Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron said on Radio 4, “I think, in a way, we’re all Thatcherites now,” which rather suggests that he’s actually resorted to lifting ideas from New Labour. Still, desperate times and all that.

Margaret Thatcher, of course, had clear political direction: she was possessed of determination and integrity; she had firmly held beliefs and she was prepared to fight hard to defend her position on a wide range of policies, standing up for what she thought was right in the face of any and all opposition. Say what you like about her, Thatcher was totally up-front and people always knew exactly what they were going to get when they voted for her.

No wonder Nick Clegg has said that he is not a Thatcherite.

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About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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4 Responses to We Aren’t All Thatcherites Now

  1. Cameron isn’t lifting ideas from New Labour, they pinched them from the Tories in the 1st place, hence Maggie’s visit to Gordon in 2007.

  2. What they both meant is that we are all monetarists these days, i.e. Keynesian economics has been widely discredited (rightly or wrongly). However monetarism is more widely understood if people call it Thacherite economics, IMO its another example of dumbing down and sound bites which all politicians are guilty of these days. I don’t think Dave was was quoting Peter I think they were both trying to speak the language of the people………

  3. veraersilia says:

    When we allow ourselves to be dumbed down and fall prey to spin doctors we give power to those in power who retain it NOT for the good of the people, but for themselves. It is happening, it has already happened at a gallop in the USA. SAD.

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