Saturday, 17 January 2015

Elizabeth Peacock - Another Knife In The Back For Margaret Thatcher

Nobody Helped The SNP Like Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher is dead. The history of the greedy me culture of the 1980s is now being "revised" by former MP's who, at the time, were fervently shouting support. Support for the mass sell-off of underpriced government assets from the full troughs of pig-farmer Margaret Thatcher. Elizabeth Peacock, one of the Conservative Party's leading woman MP's from the 1980s, uses her book to now conveniently distance herself from her former political heroine.

With 1.6 million Scots confirming the much-anticipated strong vote for Scottish independence in the recent referendum Elizabeth Peacock clearly felt the need to "re-assess" her politics and create some distance between herself and Margaret Thatcher. A very different mood to the unquestioning praise of her we are so used to from tory MPs. Yorkshire isn't all that far from Scotland after all.

Nothing More Than A Thief
Nobody helped the SNP like Margaret Thatcher and Elizabeth Peacock knows it. In the quoted article below Elizabeth Peacock uses the now VERY WORN theme that "politics needs to change" having now been said by many former politicians and commentators. "Politics needs to change" was the message of Margaret Thatcher and thatcherism was the CHOSEN CHANGE that Elizabeth Peacock supported. Now the former MP for Batley and Spen points out that the consequences of Thatcherism should be of CONCERN  - We already know Elizabeth Peacock ! We already know that the Conservative Party and Thatcherism wasn't the "change" that the country needed and it still isn't ! WHY DID YOU SUPPORT IT !

In the Yorkshire Post, Elizabeth Peacock wrote

"HAVING recently re-assessed my political positioning across the last 30 years to write an autobiography evaluating the successes and failures of the Thatcher and Major years, I have come to the opinion that British politics will have to change. 

Our major parties are heading for difficulties and urgently need to rethink their policies and attitudes. The major objective in writing my book was to create a family archive explaining my distinctly different political approach, how this was accepted in the Thatcher/Major era and how it might be appropriate today.

This review confirmed that our current political system, its parties and their management of Parliament is failing the very people they were established to serve. People who are politically aware note that an undercurrent of failure is developing prompting voters to look elsewhere for government. The successes of BNP at the last European election in Yorkshire and the Humber demonstrated this and the current rise and rise of Ukip emphasises this, with no lasting response from the traditional parties.

This developing demand for change requires the people’s views to be heard. In general, the public have little interest in politics and have no time for politicians and Parliament."

Elizabeth Peacock was the Conservative MP for Batley and Spen from 1983 until 1997. Her memoir, A Yorkshire Lass at the Court of Thatcher, has just been published by Pen and Sword Politics, price £25.

Elizabeth Peacock writing in Yorkshire Post

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