Tag Archives: Margaret Thatcher

‘Challenging’ for the leadership…

I have made the point previously that rules and structures are not neutral in their effect.  Utilising one set of rules can result in a different outcome than if another set is employed.  In a previous post, I observed that … Continue reading

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Power behind the scenes: the importance of social space in legislatures

In an earlier post, I reported on a talk I gave earlier this year at the PSA annual conference in Glasgow on the difference changes in social space in Parliament can make. On Friday, I gave a paper at the … Continue reading

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In debate

I drafted a post recently on a debate at Lancaster University in which I participated, on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher.  Because I drafted it ahead of some of my more recent posts, it appeared before those posts when I … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher

There were two post-war Prime Ministers who presided over transformative governments: Clement Attlee and Margaret Thatcher.  In my typology of Prime Ministers, Attlee was a reformer,  implementing a radical programme drawn up by the party; Margaret Thatcher was an innovator, … Continue reading

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The day Mrs T resigned…

One of our graduates, Warren Morgan, has been in touch to share his reminiscences of one particular class way back in 1990: “My claim to fame in the Politics Dept is that I was giving a presentation in one of … Continue reading

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‘But Margaret I take longer to dress than you…’

Last week, I attended the memorial service for Lord St John of Fawsley (Norman St John-Stevas).  Lord Lamont gave the address and Cardinal Cormack Murphy-O’Connor gave the tribute.  Both recounted stories reflecting the wit of the flamboyant politician.   Even on … Continue reading

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