New Statesman (1996)

Articles from Vol. 138, No. 4938, March 2

A Modest Proposal: Let's Have Insurance against the Things That Footie Throws at Us, Writes Hunter Davies
You probably haven't got your copy handy, so let me remind you of a paragraph in Grimsby Town's programme for their home game against Sheffield United on 17 November 1956: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "The Supporters' Accident Policy for Supporters'...
A Music-Hall Star for the 21st Century: The Charismatic Rapper Born Rodney Smith Is a Londonist Par Excellence
Roots Manuva Koko, London NW1 Asked by the New Statesman last year "Do you love your country?" Roots Manuva replied: "I love London so much it should be a country. London, love you until you die." The charismatic British rapper, born Rodney Smith,...
Are You the Patient? No 4064
Set by Joy Hosker Surgeons in every UK hospital must now, under new rules, go over a checklist before they operate, to include establishing the identity of the patient and the operation they require. An international study shows that this simple...
Au Revoir, Never Goodbye: The Values Thatcherism Embodies Will Never Go Away, Argues Dominic Sandbrook, Precisely Because They Are Part of Mainstream Tory Tradition
Thirty years ago, as the British public prepared to vote in the most important general election in our modern history, few could have imagined what a lasting imprint the victory would leave. Even now, no day goes by without her name appearing in the...
For a More Spicy Taste Try Dutch Chicory
* The overshadowed chancellor "Sir" George Osborne's decline from feared operator to Ken Clarke's tea boy continues apace. Between the Bullingdon Club and Tory Central Office, this baronet's son tried his hand at scribbling. Tickling the Labour benches...
I Am Ready to Go Back to Work!
Dame Carol Black's Review of the health of Britain's working age population, Working for a healthier tomorrow (2008) identifies three principal objectives: * prevention of illness and promotion of health and wellbeing; * early intervention for...
I Was a Teenage Tory Boy: Harry Mount Was Seven When Maggie Thatcher Came to Power. He Remains an Ardent Admirer Today-With the Odd Reservation
The last time I met Mrs Thatcher was in June 1990--it was my first year at university, her last in power. She was 64; I was 18. She was visiting an environmentally friendly house in Islington, just round the corner from my home. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
I Was Attila the Hen's Yorkshire Rasputin
I can feel another Thatcher-fest coming on--this time in triplicate. This week the Prime Minister unveiled his portrait of Margaret Thatcher as a collector's item hit our screens: an apparently sympathetic, if inventively whisky-soaked, [BBC.sub.2]...
Maggie's Men: Her First Cabinet in 1979
LEFT TO RIGHT, STANDING: Michael Jobling, parliamentary secretary to the Treasury (chief whip), 1979-83, later agriculture secretary [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Made a life peer in 1997, and father of BritArt super-dealer Jay Jopling. A grandee:...
Maggie's Playlist: The Soundtrack to a Decade of Dissent
The Specials, "Ghost Town" (1981) In 1980, the Birmingham ska band the Beat pointed to urban decay with "Stand Down Margaret', but it fell to their Coventry-based contemporaries to provide the most enduring song of the dacade. "Ghost Town", with...
Margaret Thatcher: Still Guilty after All These Years
It is 30 years since Margaret Thatcher entered No 10, setting in motion a revolution that would destroy the quasi-socialist political consensus of the postwar decades and, after much strife, turn Britain into the country it is today: riven, atomised,...
Mrs T's Rogues' Gallery
Alfred Sherman A former Communist, expelled for "Titoist deviationism", a Balkans expert, journalist and polemicist, Alfred Sherman was arguably the main provider of the intellectual basis of Thatcherism. He co-founded the Centre for Policy Studies...
"My Relationship with Her Was a Very Good One-In the Sense That You're Not Friends in Government": To His Enemies He Is the Assassin, but He Still Denies Ever Intending to Wield the Knife. in an Exclusive Interview, Michael Heseltine Reflects on Europe, Economics, and How He Really Got on with Thatcher
Had Michael Heseltine not stormed out of cabinet and resigned as secretary of state for defence over the Westland affair in 1986, it is almost certain he would have been the longest continuously serving cabinte minister since the Second World War....
Please, Sir, Can We Have Some More? Here's a Classroom Drama That Is Neither Lecture nor Tear-Stained Ode
The Class (15) dir: Laurent Cantet Films about education usually belong to one of two schools. There is the tear-stained ode to inspirational mentors, from Goodbye, Mr Chips and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie to Dead Poets Society, or the cautionary...
"That Bloody Woman": Margaret Thatcher Thought She Understood Scotland ... but No Prime Minister Was Ever So Hated There. Her Legacy Was to Destroy Her Party and Threaten the Union She Loved
When Alex Salmond remarked recently that it wasn't so much Margaret Thatcher's economics that Scots objected to as her social policy, he was taken to task by opposition parties and the Scottish media. The First Minister hurriedly revised his comments...
The Age of Innocence: A History of Agony Aunts Recalls the Days When "Bottom" Was a Banned Word
So keen are we on tales of our sexual innocence that the BFI's much-trumpeted release of a DVD of vintage sex education films is proving popular enough to find its way into news items, furnishing presenters with opportunities to remember with longing...
The Gospel According to Maggie
I don't mind how much my ministers talk, so long as they do what I say. Interview, 1987 There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families. Interview, 1987 No one would remember the Good Samaritan...
The Making of Maggie: As the World Awaits Charles Moore's Authorised Biography, Michael White Looks at What So Many Writers Have Already Made of the Iron Lady's Journey from Grantham to Downing Street and Her Years in Power
Margaret Thatcher has been battered more and more, personally and politically, during the almost two decades since her vertiginous fall from power in late 1990. The hubristic collapse of the free-market model of capitalism that she promoted has dealt...
The Nudgeocon: Margaret Spoke, and I Was Smitten
Just as our parents remember where they were when John F Kennedy was assassinated, so do those of us of a certain persuasion recall our whereabouts when Margaret became our first woman prime minister. I was in "Big Hall" at Heatherdown Preparatory...
The Shadows of Shadows: Lindsay Duncan Is the Latest Actor to Portray Margaret Thatcher in Drama, but the Lady Herself Remains Elusive, a Mystery to Us, as She Was to Herself, Writes Rachel Cooke
Of all the unlikely things that happened to Margaret Thatcher in her long political life, perhaps none was stranger than the manner of her leaving. The first Conservative prime minister since Neville Chamberlain to leave power other than at the behest...
The Stalking Horse: Sir Anthony Meyer's Son Ashley Remembers His Father's Doomed Bid to Challenge Margaret Thatcher for the Tory Leadership in November 1989
That was the date when nominations closed for the election of Tory party leader: 23 November 1989. My father had put in his nomination two weeks before, hoping that a more prominent Conservative would rise to the challenge. This did not happen, and...
The Unforgiven: It Is Impossible to Convey to Outsiders or the Young Why Margaret Thatcher Is Loathed, to This Day, Writes Paul Routledge. Her Regime Began and Ended in Violence, and during Her II Years in Power She Obliterated Entire Communities
A whole generation has grown up in ignorance of the real Margaret Thatcher: the cruel one, who frightened everybody and made their lives a misery. Not the mythical saint of Norman St John-Stevas's sycophantic imagination--the Blessed Margaret--but...
The View from the Press Gallery: The Nervous Opposition Leader Gained Confidence-And, as Prime Minister, Turned into a Deep-Voiced Hammer Horror Figure, Recalls Edward Pearce
Her image seen from the Press Gallery had started softly. The early performance was tentative, nervous, formal. In opposition from 1975 to 1979, reports would agree (those of ardent Daily Telegraph-reading Tories included) that "Oh God, she was awful...
The Warrior Woman
A cruel irony surrounds the 30th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's arrival at No 10. More than any other political leader, more even than Ronald Reagan in the United States, she personified the capitalist renaissance that swept across the globe in...
"We Know Each Other Well" ... on Punts, Pints, "Peston" and Premier League Cricket
If I were a betting man, I might have made money out of Margaret Thatcher. When a Tory leadership contest was announced, after the two election defeats of 1974, Joe Coral offered 50-1 against a Thatcher victory. Looking at the unimpressive alternatives,...
When Blue Turned Red: The "New" in New Labour Was Skin-Deep: It Marked the Party's Capitulation to Thatcher, Writes Martin Jacques, Whose Magazine Marxism Today Coined the Term "Thatcherism"
The 30th anniversary of Lady Thatcher's election in 1979--and the beginning of the era of Thatcherism--now looks very different from how it would have been viewed just a year ago. Indeed, one is reminded that Gordon Brown regarded an invitation to...
When Silence Speaks Loudest: Can You Treat the Holocaust as an Appropriate Subject for Contemporary Art? Not If You Use It to Give Weight to an Otherwise Thin Idea, Writes Sue Hubbard
In 1976, the late film-maker Stanley Kubrick travelled to New York to try to interest the Jewish novelist Isaac Bashevis Isaac Bashevis Singer in writing an original screenplay for a project on which he was working, about the Holocaust. Not a Holocaust....
Where Were You When You Heard She Was Going?
Malcolm Rifkind The day before she went she had a meeting individually with each member of her cabinet. We knew as a result of that discussion that she was considering stepping down before the second ballot, but I only knew her decision the following...
Yes, She Was My Role Model: Maggie Was the Reason I Wanted to Be Prime Minister: I Wanted to Undo All the Misery and Damage She Had Caused
I went to Downing Street the day Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister. Her tear-stained cheek was small recompense for the havoc she left behind. But I felt compelled - for the first time in my life - to stand in a crowd at the gates of No...