Nicholas Leonard: Cameron plotting national transformation
Published 02/01/2012 | 05:00
You don't need Doctor Who and the Tardis to go time travelling at Westminster this new year bank holiday. Much to the annoyance of the prime minister, David Cameron, the toxic legacy of Thatcherism is once again overshadowing his efforts to portray the Conservatives as a caring, sharing party.
Documents just released show that back in 1981, the then chancellor, Geoffrey Howe, was secretly urging Margaret Thatcher, in the wake of widespread rioting, to let Liverpool slide downwards in a state of 'managed decline'.
Thatcher is in very poor physical and mental health these days but Mr Howe, who is now 85, has tried, rather unsuccessfully, to explain away comments he made 30 years ago when he never thought they would be revealed in public.