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)

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Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair

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)

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8 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.

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