|Nobody Helped The SNP Like Thatcher|
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|
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