Monday 27 February 2017

Thatcher and Reagan, bad 'uns and no mistake

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan. Photo: PA
Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan. Photo: PA

The columnist Peter Hitchens, who is regarded as a man of the Right, has realised that the vision of Thatcher and Reagan was all a cod.

"I am so sorry now that I fell for the great Thatcher-Reagan promise," he writes. "I can't deny that I did. I believed all that stuff about privatisation and free trade and the unrestrained market. I think I may even have been taken in by the prophesies of a great share-owning democracy."

He mourns the fact that: "A journey across the heart of England, once an exhilarating vista of muscular manufacturing, especially glorious by night, turned into archaeology."

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