Book review: Promised You A Miracle 80-82 by Andy Beckett

Chris Hallam's World View

The royal wedding of Charles Diana in 1981 helped the country feel better about itself.

Promised You A Miracle 80-82 by Andy Beckett. Published by: Allen Lane. Out: now.

Andy Beckett ‘s earlier book Where Were You When The Lights Out? dealt with the entire 1970s in one volume. This admittedly shorter book focuses on just a three year period, the first three years of the 1980s, three of the most turbulent years in recent British history. At the start of the period covered here, the newly elected Thatcher government was already running into trouble with its monetarist experiment and Labour, under an increasingly weary Jim Callaghan was also threatening to slide into civil war. By the end of the period, Margaret Thatcher’s leadership had been resurrected by the victory in the Falklands and Labour had plunged further into turmoil under Michael Foot. In the meantime, the SDP had risen from nowhere to a state of political dominance by the end of 1981 but a…

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