Thatcherism’s greatest achievement

In 2002, twelve years after Margaret Thatcher left office, she was asked at a dinner what was  her  greatest  achievement.  Thatcher  replied:  “Tony  Blair  and  New  Labour.  We forced our opponents to change their minds.”  (Conor Burns, April 11, 2008)

Thatcher Tony Blair neoliberalismAs Tony Blair himself told: “[Thatcher] was immensely kind and generous to me when I was Prime Minister… Politicly, certain reforms she made, for example in Trade Union Law…, we kept the basic legal framework… We didn’t renationalise many of state industries that she privatized… I always thought my job was to build on some of the things she had done rather than reverse them… Many of the things she said… had a certain creditability… Whenever I wanted to ask her for advice, she would always give it… in a genuine, spirited way… She was very kind.” (BBC News, April 8, 2013)

These excellent books elaborate on this matter:
The Political Economy of New Labour: Labouring under False Pretences? by Colin Hay (Manchester University Press, 1999)
New Labour and Thatcherism: Political Change in Britain, by
Richard Heffernan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000)
New Labour, New Language? by Norman Fairclough (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000)
Transforming Local Governance: From Thatcherism to New Labour, by Gerry Stoker (Palgrave, 2003)
A Brief History of Neoliberalism, by David Harvey (Oxford University Press, 2005)
The Thatcherite Offensive: A Neo-Poulantzasian Analysis, by Alexander Gallas (Haymarket Books, 2017)

***
Join Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via
Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Instagram / Tumblr / Reddit / Telegram

This entry was posted in Oleg Komlik and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Thatcherism’s greatest achievement

  1. Haha, although New Labour moved closer to Conservative philosophy I don’t buy that they have helped the Conservative party long term. As of today, the party isn’t exactly popular.

  2. Pingback: No Borders? Are You Out of Your Mind?! – Jay Baker's blog

  3. Pingback: קורבין לא אנטישמי. הוא על הכוונת כי הוא רוצה להציל את העולם - שיחה מקומית

  4. Pingback: Top 10 Most-read Economic Sociology and Political Economy Posts of 2019 | Economic Sociology and Political Economy

  5. Pingback: No Borders? Are You Out of Your Mind?! – MediaActivist.com

  6. Pingback: The Trouble with Disparity | nonsite.org

  7. Pingback: O problema com a disparidade | Blog do Pedlowski

  8. Pingback: The Trouble with Disparity – Nonsite.org

  9. Pingback: Covid-19 as a watershed in how we run the world. Important reflection from Rutger Bregman - From Poverty to Power

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s