Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Monday, May 04, 2009

It Was Thirty Years Ago Today...

Yes, it's the 30th anniversary of the Margaret Thatcher's ascendancy to the Prime Minister's office, ushering in a decade of monetarist economic policy, union busting and wars over islands we'd never heard of before. Husband Denis is long gone, but I'm heartened by the idea that the Iron Maiden has lived long enough to see her ideas bring down Western civilization.

But I'm feeling in a charitable mood today, so I'm trying to think about the good things her reign at 10 Downing St. brought about. If you've got fond memories of Thatcher's Britain, chip them in here.

I'll go first - Spitting Image.

4 Comments:

Blogger Someone Said said...

Joe Jackson's Tango Atlantico.

1:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice one, Someone. Definitely the most solid Falklands song around. There was, of course, a real renaissance of agit-prop music during Thatcher's tenure, the highlight being the formation of "Red Wedge" by people such as Billy Bragg, Paul Weller and Jerry Dammers.

My favorite anti-Thatcher tunes are probably the ones by Elvis Costello, including "Shipbuilding" (I prefer the Robert Wyatt version) and his magnificent "Tramp the Dirt Down." Here's the great man describing and performing it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Znn5a-88tY

2:30 PM  
Blogger Someone Said said...

Oh yes, Tramp the Dirt Down is one vicious song. Pink Floyd had a few disparaging words on the Final Cut also.

4:20 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Nothing really fond to contribute. But rest assured, the mad old bat doesn't know anything any more. That's why they can't wheel her out for an occasion like this. Too ghastly.

11:11 PM  

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