By Anthony Seldon, Daniel Collings

Publish yr note: First released November sixth 1999

This concise, available, and balanced historic research of the Thatcher years and their results analyzes many debatable points of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, together with the Falklands struggle, the miner's strike, sour relatives with Europe and the ill-fated ballot tax.

Books during this Seminar stories in historical past sequence bridge the space among textbook and expert survey and includes a short "Introduction" and/or "Background" to the topic by way of a considerable and authoritative portion of "Analysis" concentrating on the most subject matters and matters. there's a succinct "Assessment" of the topic, a beneficiant choice of "Documents" and an in depth bibliography.

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In normal circumstances she would not have considered appointing Pym to such a senior post as he was undoubtedly an arch ‘wet’, but for the moment she had little choice. Mrs Thatcher needed the support not only of her party, but also now of foreign leaders and the Commonwealth and EC were generally supportive. After some brilliant diplomatic manoeuvring by Britain’s UN representative, Anthony Parsons, a resolution of the UN Security Council (UNSCR 502) was soon passed, calling for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Argentina from the Falklands.

Despite the 13-week struggle and the 6% unconditional pay rise that the unions finally obtained after an independent enquiry into wages was established (the management had proposed 2%), Mrs Thatcher believed that the government had made an effective start in a policy that would eventually lead to the establishment of hegemony over the trade unions. EC budget wrangles But it was not only in domestic policy that Mrs Thatcher chose to use the first year to stamp her authority. She decided that Britain’s financial contribution to the European Community needed urgent attention.

The ‘wets’ also lost control of the Ministry of Defence, as John Nott replaced Francis Pym, who moved sideways to become Leader of the House. John Biffen took over from Nott at Trade and Leon Brittan, a close friend of Howe, entered the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. At the same time, in a key move little 48 commentated upon at the time, the arch monetarist Alan Walters was appointed to her personal staff at Number Ten as her personal economic advisor. However, any increase in morale generated by this first reshuffle of 1981 was short lived as the government faced continuing woes.

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