Thatcherisms – some personal memories of working with the great lady.

I had the extreme privilege and honour to serve Margaret Thatcher as her political agent between 1987-1992. These are a few of the anecdotes which I've called to mind from those days. Now that I've almost been cured of boring people with these old stories, I thought I should record them somewhere before I start …

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What’s the point of only listening to people who agree with us?

Before modern communications most of us would have only known what was going on in our immediate area. Before WW2 most "ordinary" people still strayed little from the area in which they were born or the area they migrated to for work. National news in newspapers and radio was limited and reach a remarkably small …

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Corbyn: Maybe history will not repeat itself?

I had another conversation yesterday with a second old friend who is actively involved in Labour Party politics who spoke of the "idealism" of the new recruits flooding into their ranks. Like me my old friend experienced Jeremy Corbyn Mk1 back in the 1980s, although we experienced it from different sides of the barricades, "literally" …

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The UK is a nation of ‘shopkeepers’, a trading nation, inside or outside the EU.

That great advocate of European unity, albeit at the point of his sword, Napoleon derided his English adversaries by calling them a 'a nation of shopkeepers.' This may not be literally true in a globalised market place where most signs on our high streets are of multinational corporations not local shopkeepers, but the UK is …

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If I can’t touch it, I don’t believe it. Why some people choose to ignore the lessons of history.

Even though we might hope that every responsible citizen is a student of history, ancient and modern, it is probably only fair to say that most people only know what they experience themselves. This is one of only two explanations I can find for the attractions of Momentum and the Corbynista Comrades for so many …

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