I'm going completely off-topic here (because it's more fun discussing British politics). Rik Mayall resurrected Alan B'stard in 2005 in West End theatre when B'stard changed his colours and became a "New Labour" MP: goes to show what ideological soulmates Thatcherism and "New Labour" really are if a character like B'stard is credible in his new role."tangobob" said:Now that is one thing that would make me vote Tory
John Major only had a 20-seat majority, which kept getting whittled away. Very difficult to carry out a legislative programme with that kind of majority. The Labour party kept shooting itself in the foot -- leaders like Michael Foot, Neal Kinnock, and (briefly) John Smith. Once they had someone like Blair -- youthful, charming, fork-tongued, with a dazzling white smile, they swept into office with a massive majority in the Commons."BartyBoy" said:If she buggered up the country that bad how come her succesor was voted in as the next prime minister?
That was because of the coal miners' strike. But it was enough to bring down poor Heath, whom I've always admired."tangobob" said:The conservatives did not do so great either Ted Heath presided over the three day week,
The "Winter of Discontent" -- taken from Shakespeare's Richard III -- refers to the winter of 1978, when Callaghan was in office, and was coined by the Tories to refer to the extraordinary numbers of strikes that took place during that period.and the Winter of discontent,and do not forget in 1974 we had 25% inflation. Try saving for a deposit on a house when the prices of property were rising at about 50% per annum.