My Thoughts On Thatcherism:
I have always had very strong views to the right to peaceful assembly and the right to family life. Once skirmish starts I draw the line as it leads to a criminal record which is not worth it. Secondly I don’t believe in UKCuts tactics of allegedly using removal vans to block roads be near mansion or homes as it undermines the democratic process.
There are many who are not happy with a law then I suggest that you all start to campaign to change it by lobbying your Member Of Parliament(MP) that is what they are there to represent your views. Granted tensions are rising over a number of issues but I am strongly against the idea to organising assemblies celebrating the death of someone as its distasteful and lack of respect which I will not apologise for mentioning on my blog, Facebook or Twitter I may add.
Nor will I promote or embrace Thatcherism as I recall incidences of painful memories which my family went through during the Thatcher periods and the distractions which helped to dived families, friends, and communities from the north, west, east and south of all regions in the UK under Thatcherism which caused splits in many families and communities under the Conservatives during the periods of 1979 -1997.
My understanding of Thatcherism is the conviction politics, economic and social policy, and political style of the British Conservative politician Margaret Thatcher, who was leader of her party from 1975 to 1990. It has also been used by those who describe the beliefs of the British government while Thatcher was Prime Minister between May 1979 and November 1990, and beyond into the governments of John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron
Thatcherism claims to promote low inflation, the small state and free markets through tight control of the money supply, privatisation and constraints on the labour movement. It is often compared with Reaganomics in the United States, Rogernomics in New Zealand and Economic Rationalism in Australia as a key part of the worldwide neoliberal movement. Nigel Lawson, Thatcher’s Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1983 to 1989, listed the Thatcherite ideals as:
I do not hold any malice against Margaret Thatcher but remember what many families went through during Thatcher regime during her time in office and the very reason why I’m proud for what my father did as soon as I turned 16 years old which I will be eternally grateful for by taking out my membership to join the Labour Party which has helped me to understand what was the heart of politics and this has strengthen many in the Labour Party during the 1980s to help gain a Labour victory in 1997.
There are many people who will recall the 1980s very well to this day for those of us who were around not because of that Margaret Thatcher was the first elected female Prime Minister but the way how the right-wing branch of the Conservatives went about destroying a large mining communities across the country, introducing the dreaded Poll Tax, took on the Trade Unions, privatised the utilities, selling off council housing, and destroyed our manufacturing industries and helped to spark the 1981-1985 Brixton and Handsworth Riots which bore the scares of Thatcherism.
Unemployment had been rising throughout the 1970s as companies set about restructuring and modernising their businesses. It has been alleged that it picked up speed after the Conservatives took power in 1979, rapidly rising to over three million in 1982 by most right-wing rags. Unemployment hit hardest in Northern Ireland, where one in five were out of work in the early 1980s, and the industrial areas of northern England and Scotland. And a further alleged economic boom later in the decade helped to bring unemployment down but it was a slow process. Against this backdrop of high unemployment, the Coal Board announced in early 1984 that twenty uneconomic pits would have to close, putting 20,000 miners out of work.
It was the Conservative Government’s second attempt to close these pits, after a climb-down in 1981. Miners at the endangered Cortonwood colliery in Yorkshire walked out on 5 March 1984 in protest at the plans. Within a week more than half the country’s miners were on strike. The dispute lasted a year and led to conflict not only with police but between miners who supported the strike and those who did not.
When the miners returned to work, the pit closure programme continued. Inflation was running at more than 20% at times in the 1970s so a key tenet of the incoming Conservative government was to bring it down – which was allegedly largely successful.
However growth suffered in Mrs Thatcher’s first term with a deep recession in the early 1980s, followed later in the decade by a boom. The base rate was set by the government rather than the Bank of England itself. With rates often climbing well above 10%, people with large mortgages suffered but such moves did have the desired effect of bringing down inflation.
Many of us continues to bore witness to the scars of Thatcherism which have condemned the social impacts of her policies encouraging the free market and stripping power from unions during her 11 years in office.
Some have called Margaret Thatcher is deserving of a state funeral, her supporters have said, as preparations for a ceremonial farewell for Britain’s first and only woman prime minister got under way. I whole heartily disagree with it and will go as far to say why should tax payers fork out for the cost especially when this coalition are cutting benefits, public services and frontline staff on the one hand then saying to their Tory donors oh look what we have done for you so please, please, give generously to the Conservative Party and under the other hand why should tax payers pay for Thatcher’s funeral and was the same offered to Clement Attlee when he died?.
Some Tory MPs have expressed their disappointment that the 87-year-old has not been granted a state funeral – even though such a ceremony would be against her own wishes. Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, said she should have “the highest kind of funeral that can be allowed”. “I would have thought a state funeral would be very appropriate. She was the first female prime minister. She was also the greatest peacetime prime minister we ever had,” he told the Daily Mail.
I look around today under the coalition with their Welfare reform programmes and I still convinced that Thatcherism exist under this coalition by introducing a mark 3 of the Welfare Reform and continued high unemployment and shortage housing that Thatcher, Coalition, and Labour had the opportunities to build more social housing to help boost the economy. Perhaps some sections of society continue to argue a good response to Thatcher’s passing is to redouble our efforts to ensure that the worst excesses of Thatcherism never again blight our country: bigotry, xenophobia, scapegoating, narrow-mindedness, lack of compassion.
Please feel free to watch the two links which sums up the mood of Thatcherism to the many and not the few:
Lets not forget another part of history Tony Blair former Leader of Labour Party and Prime Minister under Blairism(Thatcherism part 2) did recognize earlier on under Thatcherism he had to engage Labour Party to change clause 4 in order move the party forward which he rubbed both trade unions and members up the wrong way. Secondly under Blairism kept most of the policies under Thatcherism introduced.
Blairism did not want the return full power to the trade unions hence he did not want to dismantle the anti-trade union laws but carried on with policies that Conservatives made into law like Private Finance Initiative(PFI) not just in hospitals but in Highways which Blairism embrace which he mentioned the scars on his back of Public Services.
Yet under Blairism a number of policies were introduced the National Minimum Wage, SureStart, reformed Health and Laws, family Friendly Policies, return Bank to the financial services, and transforming the economy, Human Rights Laws, and equality agenda under Blairism saw a large influxes of Labour Women MPs all who sat in the house of commons name a few.
Politically, Blair has been identified with record investment into public services, an interventionist and Atlanticist foreign policy, support for stronger law enforcement powers, a large focus on surveillance as a means to address terrorism and a large focus on education as a means to encourage social mobility. In the early years (circa 1994-1997), Blairism was also associated with support for European integration and particularly British participation in the European single currency, though this waned after Labour took office.
The term is used in particular in contrast to Brownite, to identify those within the Labour Party with a connection to, or identification with, Gordon Brown rather than Blair. However, with Blair and Brown typically in agreement on most political issues (from Iraq to public sector reform), commentators have noted that “the difference between Brownites and Blairites … is more tribal than ideological”.
This is believed to stem from a personal disagreement between Blair and Brown over who should have run for the leadership following the death of John Smith in 1994: though Brown was originally considered the senior of the two, he waited until after Smith’s funeral to begin campaigning by which point Blair had gathered too much momentum to be beaten individuals who supported Blair’s leadership or those who supported his policies. Often Brownites are seen as more left and, by some, seen to have a slightly more Liberal or Liberal Left ideology than Blairites. Brownites are also against the third way and are for more democratic socialist then Blairites.
The coalition is part 3 of the return of Thatcherism by cutting frontline services like Police, Nurses, Social Workers, closure of Day centers and dismantling the welfare state which included benefit cuts to the most disadvantage in society by introducing the Bedroom Tax encouraging Councils and Town Halls to get people on benefits to pay their Council Tax.
Under this Coalition the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of people without work rose 70,000 in the three months to the end of February to reach 2.56 million – pushing the jobless rate up to 7.9%.
The number of people in work fell by 2,000 over the period to just under 30 million – the first time the figure has dipped since autumn 2011.
There were 900,000 out of work for more than a year, an 8,000 increase on the three months to November, while the number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds rose by 20,000 to 979,000.
While the jobless figures suggested a reversal in the resilience of the UK labour market amid the UK’s weak economic growth, it was the pay statistics that will most worry those who are seeking a pick-up in consumer spending to boost output.
Pay, excluding bonuses, rose by 1% between November and February compared to a year earlier which was the smallest on record, the ONS said.
With CPI inflation currently measured at an annual rate of 2.8%, the pay figure demonstrates that prices are continuing to rise at a faster pace than wage growth at a time when energy bills and many other costs have soared. Employers have been limiting pay increases as a way of managing to keep hold of staff amid the flat-lining economy.
The move has been cited by some economists as a key reason why unemployment levels fell last year: companies wanting to be ready for when recovery came. GMB union general secretary Paul Kenny said: “The Chancellor should heed IMF advice to change course to grow the economy to end this needless waste of human talent.”
Lastly, I make no apologies for making a statement calling for all Labour Party activists to help our candidates to win the Local Government, European and General Elections seats starting in 2013- 2015 as many of us in Labour Party long for a return of a victory of a Labour Government which I will gladly celebrate with open hands and properly do a dance on the day.