Thatcher's Secret War : Subversion, Coercion, Secrecy and Government, 1974-90 Hardback
by Clive Bloom
Margaret Thatcher remains one of the United Kingdom's most polarising prime ministers.
This provocative investigation sheds new light on the secret, internal `cold war' that the Iron Lady and her government waged against `the enemy within': anti-nuclear, new age and ecology campaigners; poll tax protesters; trade unionists at GCHQ and striking miners; feminists and homosexuals; Scottish nationalists; Ken Livingstone and the GLC; Derek Hatton and the city councillors of Liverpool; protesters and rioters in Brixton, Toxteth and Broadwater Farm; the far right; the EU; and the IRA - among others.
It was a campaign fuelled by paranoia on both the left and right of the political spectrum and fought with corruption, black propaganda, dirty tricks and even murder. Expertly juxtaposing notable events with today's political arena, author Clive Bloom surmises that the United Kingdom is rapidly changing and that although Thatcher's ideals seem to have vanished, one remains: the power and importance of the extra-parliamentary state and its surveillance methods and hidden powers in a new age of terrorism. Thatcher's Secret War provides a timely, critical and compelling study of a deeply complex and controversial premiership.
Accessible, fascinating and compulsive, this is a book that may well ruffle feathers and rattle cages. Longlisted for the 'Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing' in 2016.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages, 16 Illustrations, black and white
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/10/2014
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780752499741
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Review by aadyer
A very complex but intriguing and likely slightly paranoid look at the subversion and secrecy at the heart of he Thatcher administration. Very enjoyable in the main, certainly very intriguing, and I recall various elements of it. The intrigues, the corruption and the conspiracy are alarming and of concern to every citizen who believes in true democracy and accountability. Although in places, this was hard work, ultimately it was rewarding.