Debating the Thatcher legacy

Eighteen months ago I took part in a debate, held at the University of Lancaster, on the motion ‘This House regrets the legacy of Margaret Thatcher’.  I spoke against.  I recently came across a video of the debate.  My practice is not to post anything, either here or on Twitter, that may be considered partisan.  I see my role as educative.  However, I thought I would post the video.  It gives both sides of the argument and I thought my contribution may be of interest because of the distinctions it draws between the policy and the style of government and between Thatcherism and Thatcher and how one evaluates the impact of a government.  My speech starts at 11.30 minutes in.

An indicative vote at the beginning showed a clear majority in support of the motion.  At the end of the debate, the motion was defeated by 83 votes to 81.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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