Digging Up The Past for the Sake of June 8th


Margaret Thatcher – thanks to Pink News

Just to remind folk who are discussing how things were back in the ’70s, here’s Margaret Thatcher’s statement in her first manifesto, it sums up how things were. So have we succeeded in the project? Will we be able to re-new the project?

“THIS ELECTION is about the future of Britain – a great country which seems to have lost its way. It is a country rich in natural resources, in coal, oil, gas and fertile farmlands. It is rich, too, in human resources, with professional and managerial skills of the highest calibre, with great industries and firms whose workers can be the equal of any in the world We are the inheritors of a long tradition of parliamentary democracy and the rule of law.

Yet today, this country is faced with its most serious problems since the Second World War. What has happened to our country, to the values we used to share, to the success and prosperity we once took for granted?

During the industrial strife of last winter, confidence, self-respect, common sense, and even our sense of common humanity were shaken. At times this society seemed on the brink of disintegration.

Some of the reasons for our difficulties today are complex and go back many years. Others are more simple and more recent. We do not lay all the blame on the Labour Party: but Labour have been in power for most of the last fifteen years and cannot escape the major responsibility.

They have made things worse in three ways. First, by practising the politics of envy and by actively discouraging the creation of wealth, they have set one group against another in an often bitter struggle to gain a larger share of a weak economy.

Second, by enlarging the role of the State and diminishing the role of the individual, they have crippled the enterprise and effort on which a prosperous country with improving social services depends.

Third, by heaping privilege without responsibility on the trade unions, Labour have given a minority of extremists the power to abuse individual liberties and to thwart Britain’s chances of success. One result is that the trade union movement, which sprang from a deep and genuine fellow-feeling for the brotherhood of man, is today more distrusted and feared than ever before.

It is not just that Labour have governed Britain badly. They have reached a dead-end. The very nature of their Party now prevents them from governing successfully in a free society and mixed economy.

Divided against themselves; devoid of any policies except those which have led to and would worsen our present troubles; bound inescapably by ties of history, political dogma and financial dependence to a single powerful interest group, Labour have demonstrated yet again that they cannot speak and dare not act for the nation as a whole.

Our country’s relative decline is not inevitable. We in the Conservative Party think we can reverse it, not because we think we have all the answers but because we think we have the one answer that matters most. We want to work with the grain of human nature, helping people to help themselves – and others. This is the way to restore that self-reliance and self-confidence which are the basis of personal responsibility and national success.

Attempting to do too much, politicians have failed to do those things which should be done. This has damaged the country and the authority of government. We must concentrate on what should be the priorities for any government. They are set out in this manifesto.

Those who look in these pages for lavish promises or detailed commitments on every subject will look in vain. We may be able to do more in the next five years than we indicate here. We believe we can. But the Conservative government’s first job will be to rebuild our economy and reunite a divided and disillusioned people.”

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  1. Thatcher’s manifesto. “It is (the UK) a country rich in natural resources, in coal, oil, gas and fertile farmlands.

    That is what Thatcher said, this is what she should have said to tell us what she was actually going to do: “We have vast resources of coal, but I am going to shut them all down so the miners suffer for asking for wages to match inflation. I am going to create a recession in the North to punish those who vote Labour. We have fertile farmlands, but I plan to reduce the number of farmers. I am going to scrap the Milk Marketing Board and make sure all farmers at the mercy of our greedy supermarkets. I envisage farms closing down as we import cheaper milk.

    Thatcher’s manifesto “They (Labour) have crippled enterprise.” Now, electorate don’t let me confuse you with the facts, which are: The Labour Party was the first party to understand the importance of enterprise. In 1945 they set up an organisation to provide capital for entrepreneurial companies. This organisation is still around and is the largest venture capital provider in the country. You know it as 3i plc, as it became known when the Tories privatised it,

    You argue that the more police, armed forces and security personnel we have the more wasteful they become. Many Chief Constables have said the cuts have gone too far and they cannot effectively do their job, I suppose your argument is that they don’t know how to run an efficient organisation. Taking your argument to its logical conclusion, if we did not have any police, armed forces or security personnel, we could guarantee there would be no waste, I am afraid that if you cut and cut to the point that the job is not being done properly, then it is a false economy. The Manchester bomber had been reported to the security services five times, with reporters worried about his state of mind. But cuts meant that our security services did not have sufficient resources to follow this up.

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