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1979-90: Prime Minister Commentary

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79 May 4 Fr Full Text Key Commentary (Ronnie Millar memoirs) General Election: “A View From The Wings” (how MT was persuaded to use St Francis’s prayer on the steps of Downing Street)
80 Mar 3 Mo Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Monetary policy: "Monetarism: a reply to the critics" (Friedman article)
80 Mar 5 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Monetary policy: "Monetarism and hyper-inflation" (Hayek letter)
80 Mar 18 Tu Full Text Minor Commentary (The Times) Monetary policy: "Free market" (Hayek letter defending Friedman)
80 Mar 26 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Monetary policy: "How to deal with inflation" (Hayek article)
80 Mar 29 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Professor urges Chancellor to balance Budget now" (Hayek at IEA lunch) [wants "referendum to rescind every single [union] privilege"]
80 May 7 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Steel: "Threatened revolt over steel chief collapses" (meeting between Joseph and Conservative backbench committee regarding Ian MacGregor appointment)
80 May 31 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Monetary policy: "Testing time for monetarism" (Hayek letter)
80 Jun 6 Fr Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “New moves over the Falklands” (Argentine Economy Minister meets MT & other British ministers)
80 Jun 13 Fr Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Monetary policy: "A testing time for monetarism" (Hayek letter)
80 Nov 12 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Monetary policy: "The Hayek cure: bigger and better bankruptcies" (Hayek interview) ["my hopes of Britain saving herself have shrunk a little"]
80 Nov 18 Tu Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “Minister’s visit to consult Falklands people” (Nick Ridley & leaseback)
80 Nov 24 Mo Full Text Minor Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “Argentine anger over Falklands” (Nick Ridley visit & leaseback)
80 Nov 26 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “Transfer of Falklands sovereignty proposed” (Nick Ridley visit & leaseback)
80 Nov 27 Th Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “Lord Carrington says Britain will honour wishes of Falklanders” (Nick Ridley visit & leaseback)
80 Nov 28 Fr Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “Britain puts forward four options on Falklands” (Nick Ridley visit & leaseback)
80 Nov 28 Fr Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “An Option For The Falklands” (Nick Ridley visit & leaseback) [Third Leading Article]
80 Dec 1 Mo Full Text Key Commentary (The Times) Conservativsm: “Lord Vaizey’s change of party” (announces conversion from Labour to Conservative)
80 Dec 1 Mo Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Trade unions: "Abuse of union power 'main cause of jobless'" (Hayek paper for IEA) [unions "cannot understand they are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs"]
80 Dec 3 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “Commons is united by suspicion of Ridley intentions on Falklands” (Nick Ridley visit & leaseback) [minister badly mauled in Commons]
81 Mar 5 Th Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Communists heckle Mrs Thatcher in church" (St Lawrence Jewry speech) [MT: "you see why I fight these people"]
81 Mar 10 Tu Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Economists criticize Government" (Hayek & Friedman on BBC Panorama ) [blaming wets]
81 Mar 10 Tu Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Economy: The 1981 budget [memoirs extract]
81 Mar 11 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: Editorial: “The Chancellor’s Conundrum” ("appears to go on digging the hole still deeper")
81 Mar 16 Mo Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Advice and consent" (Hayek letter) [does not act as an adviser "on particular decisions"]
81 Apr 4 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Beating inflation key to recovery" (Hayek letter on the 364 economists) ["lost generation of British economists ... panicky mob"]
81 Apr 4 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Beating inflation key to recovery" (Harris letter on the 364 economists) ["charge sheet of those responsible for ... economic decline"]
81 Sep 15 Tu Full Text Key Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Three Cabinet ministers sacked" (reshuffle) [purging the wets]
81 Oct 13 Tu Full Text Minor Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "'Blue Chips' to aid party in Croydon" (all 14 to visit) [demonstration of loyalty]
81 Nov 28 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) SDP: "Heath hints he might join a Tory-SDP coalition" ("There might be invitations ... which might be acceptable")
81 Dec 7 Mo Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) SDP-Liberal Alliance: "Steel tells of talks with troubled senior Tories" (dissident Conservatives including junior ministers) [plus Gilmour attack]
81 Dec 8 Tu Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "A Tory warning from the last ditch" (Chris Patten article) [give cabinet the benefit of the doubt "one last time ... some signs of change"]
81 Dec 8 Tu Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Tory 'wets' set for rebellion on economy" (Gilmour Group) [around a dozen likely to abstain on Autumn Statement]
81 Dec 10 Th Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "The Kamikaze Tory Rebels" (Ronald Butt article) [firing arrows into backs of their own side]
81 Dec 12 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Why Howe should heed that lorry rumble" (Geoffrey Smith article) [threat to Howe's survival]
82 Mar 11 Th Full Text Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Conservative Party: "Carlton Club celebrates with Thatcher as star" (MT unveils a portrait of herself at the Carlton Club) [released 2013]
82 Apr 2 Fr Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Falklands: Argentina invades the Falklands [memoirs extract]
82 Apr 24 Sa Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Falklands: A crisis in the War Cabinet and the recapture of South Georgia [memoirs extract]
82 May 2 Su Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Falklands: Decision to sink the Belgrano [memoirs extract]
82 May 31 Mo Full Text Key Commentary (Sunday Times) Falklands: Reagan phone call to Thatcher (urges ceasefire)
82 Dec 16 Th Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: The “Special Relationship” (Shultz memoirs)
83 Mar 23 We Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Reagan’s Star Wars initiative (Shultz memoirs)
83 Sep 8 Th Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Cold War: Chequers Seminar on future of the Soviet Union [memoirs extract]
83 Sep 29 Th Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Cold War: Thatcher-Reagan meeting in Washington (record of conversation) [memoirs extract]
83 Oct 25 Tu Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Grenada: Thatcher letter to Reagan ("deeply disturbed" at US plans) [memoirs extract]
83 Oct 25 Tu Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: US disappointment at MT’s line over Grenada (Shultz memoirs)
84 Oct 12 Fr Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Northern Ireland: The Brighton Bomb [memoirs extract]
84 Nov 3 Sa Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Meeting MT at Mrs Gandhi’s funeral (Shultz memoirs)
84 Dec 16 Su Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Cold War: The Gorbachevs visit Chequers [memoirs extract]
84 Dec 22 Sa Full Text Key Shultz (George) Cold War: MT’s visit to Camp David (Shultz memoirs)
84 Dec 22 Sa Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Cold War: Thatcher-Reagan meeting at Camp David (account of conversation) [memoirs extract]
85 Oct 21 Mo Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) South Africa: “Thatcher refuses to budge over sanctions” [arguments at Nassau CHOGM]
85 Oct 22 Tu Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) South Africa: Summit accord on apartheid hailed as key step [outcome of Nassau CHOGM]
85 Nov 20 We Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Geneva (Reagan-Gorbachev) Summit (Shultz memoirs)
86 Apr 15 Tu Full Text Key Shultz (George) Cold War: US bombing of Libya (Shultz memoirs)
86 Oct 12 Su Full Text Key Shultz (George) Cold War: Reykjavik (Reagan-Gorbachev) Summit (Shultz memoirs)
86 Nov 16 Su Full Text Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Cold War: "Thatcher wins Reagan pledge to sell Trident" (Camp David meeting)
86 Nov 17 Mo Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Cold War: "Thatcher talks fail to bridge chasm" & "Reagan tells Thatcher Soviet-US deal would not affect UK deterrent" (Camp David meeting)
87 Dec 10 Th Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Washington (Reagan-Gorbachev) Summit (Shultz memoirs)
88 Jun 1 We Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Moscow (Reagan-Gorbachev) Summit (Shultz memoirs)
89 Jan 19 Th Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Understanding Ronald Reagan (Shultz memoirs)
89 Nov 25 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Cold War: "Cold war 'will last until 2000'" (MT-Bush meeting at Camp David)
89 Nov 26 Su Full Text Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Cold War: "Thatcher stands firm on boat people" (MT & Bush reported clash at Camp David)
89 Dec 6 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Leadership election: "Victory with just a dent" (MT defeats Meyer)
89 Dec 6 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Leadership election: "Clear-cut win as 314 vote for Thatcher" (MT defeats Meyer)
89 Dec 6 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Cold War: "Bush moves swiftly to deny 'snub' over EC" (Bush calls MT)
90 Aug 2 Th Full Text Key Margaret Thatcher Gulf War: Visiting Aspen [memoirs extract]
90 Aug 3 Fr Full Text Minor Commentary (Boulder Daily Camera) US: "Durgin recalls Margaret Thatcher's visit to Boulder" [2012 account of a 90 minute stop at National Center for Atmospheric Research]
90 Aug 3 Fr Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Gulf War: "Thatcher urges UN to act tough" (MT in Aspen)
90 Aug 5 Su Full Text Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Gulf War: "Rape of the Gulf" ( Insight account of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait)
90 Aug 6 Mo Full Text Key Margaret Thatcher Gulf War: Bush-Thatcher meeting in Washington [memoirs extract]
90 Aug 26 Su Full Text Major Margaret Thatcher Gulf War: Bush-Thatcher phone conversation (no time to go wobbly) [memoirs extract]
90 Sep 30 Su Full Text Major Margaret Thatcher Gulf War: MT-Bush meeting in New York [memoirs extract]
90 Nov 9 Fr Full Text Major Margaret Thatcher Gulf War: MT meeting with Jim Baker (reinforcing British deployment) [memoirs extract]
90 Nov 20 Tu Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Falling from power: Hearing the result of the first ballot [memoirs extract]
90 Nov 22 Th Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Falling from power: Cabinet overboard [memoirs extract]
90 Nov 23 Fr Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Falling from power: "America astonished by fall of loyal ally" (reaction from Reagan & Bush)
80 Feb 12 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservatism: "The balance between individual and state" (Gilmour's Cambridge Lecture) [Hayek's annotated copy]
80 Feb 22 Fr PDF Major Archive (Hayek MSS) Conservatism: Eric Heffer speech ("Tory leaders are no hypocrites, Mr Heffer says") [clash between "wets" and "dries"]
80 Feb 26 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Monetary policy: Leading Article "The Road to Hyper-Inflation is paved with good intentions" (Hayek's annotated copy) ["shoot-out at the Downing Street corral"]
80 Jul 15 Tu PDF Major Archive (TNA) Cold War: Defence Open Government Document 80/23 ("The Future UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent Force") [acquiring Trident]
81 Jan 14 We PDF Major Archive (Bank of England) Economic policy: Dow minute for Governor (Wass meeting) ["despairing worry at the developing recession and the growing unemployment ... kickback if civil servants started to try to tell Ministers about politics"] [declassified 2011]
81 Feb 25 We PDF Major Archive (Hoskyns MSS) Budget: Wolfson minute to MT (comments on MT-Howe meeting) ["professional incompetence ... self-delusion ... Criminal Liability"] [released 2011]
81 Mar 13 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Budget: "'Cabinet Men Warn on Budget" (7 rebel ministers) [Whitelaw, Carrington, Pym, Prior, Walker, Gilmour & Soames]
81 Mar 24 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Mr Lawson attacks gloom mongers" [defence of 1981 Budget]
81 Mar 24 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Dry" [brief biography of Lawson]
81 Sep 15 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Monetary policy: "Lawson - Backing with gusto for monetarism" [Lawson enters the Cabinet]
81 Oct 7 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Heath blast at Thatcher's 'dreary path'" (Manchester speech) [MT rebuts]
81 Oct 7 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Pathfinder for a Young Pretender" (leader on Heath's Manchester speech) [his views discounted]
81 Oct 8 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Invitation that did not come" (Heath letter correcting leader) [never invited to join MT's team]
81 Oct 9 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "The Troubled Ranks of Tuscany" (leader on Changing Gear ) [party in "the early stages of demoralisation"]
81 Oct 10 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Mrs Thatcher can't expect blind loyalty" (Chris Patten article) ["truth ... lies somewhere in the middle"]
81 Oct 15 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Impassioned plea by Heath gets short shrift from Tories" (attacks government at party conference)
81 Oct 15 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Chancellor launches onslaught on 'union irresponsibility'" (Howe clashes with Heath)
81 Oct 16 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Thatcher faces growing rift in Cabinet" (Tebbit speech - father "didn't riot. He got on his bike, & looked for work")
81 Oct 16 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Monetarists warn wets: stop playing with fire" (Lawson & Walters speeches)
81 Oct 21 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Energy: "How high-speed Lawson stirred up Energy" [privatisation of energy industry]
81 Nov 19 Th PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) MT: "Thatcher drops a few names" (lunchtime speech in Bonn goes wrong) [officials cause her embarrassment]
81 Dec 3 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Heath scorns the 'pretence' of monetarism" (speech) [no intellectual basis]
81 Dec 9 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Howe attacked from all sides" (debate on Autumn Statement) [14 Conservative abstentions]
82 Jan 28 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson attacks reflation lobby" ["resistance to the mounting pressure for a reflationary Budget"]
82 Aug 26 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Energy: "Mr Lawson's great oil gamble" ["renewed accusations that he is disposing of valuable national assets on the cheap"]
82 Sep 26 Su PDF Major Commentary Sunday Times East Asia: "A new Mrs Thatcher rises in the East" [Hugo Young article]
82 Sep 26 Su PDF Minor Commentary (The Observer) China: Clive James articles ("Mrs T. in China") [account of MT's visits to China & Hong Kong]
82 Dec 6 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Energy: "Lawson to reject claims of 'too high' electricity costs" ["energy minister backs pricing policies"]
83 Apr 4 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Reshuffle: “Shadow of the axe over Whitelaw and Pym” (inspired post-election reshuffle speculation)
83 Jun 13 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "The ministerial changes" [details of new appointments, inc. Lawson as Chancellor]
83 Jun 13 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservatism: "The rise of a natural pugilist" ["the problems facing Nigel Lawson at the Treasury"]
83 Jun 13 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Reshuffle: "Tory MPs doubt justice of Pym's dismissal" (response to Pym's dismissal as Foreign Secretary)
83 Jul 4 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson says jobs are plentiful" ["there are many jobs... available to be done at a particular wage"]
83 Jul 5 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson pushes new-look NEDC to concentrate on specific issues"
83 Jul 5 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Tory backbenchers warn Government against cuts in jobless benefit" ["failure to uprate unemployment benefit in line with prices would be strongly opposed"]
83 Jul 5 Tu PDF Key Commentary (The Times) Coal: "'Pit leaders seek backing for big pay increase" [Scargill: “A fightback … will inevitably take place outside rather than inside Parliament”]
83 Jul 7 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson demanding £500m cut in public spending" ["emergency plan for swingeing cuts"]
83 Jul 8 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Spending cuts hit NHS and defence" ["package of £500m in expenditure cuts in the current financial year"]
83 Jul 11 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Battle in Cabinet likely as Lawson plans more cuts" ["strong opposition is certain"]
83 Jul 15 Fr PDF Major Commentary ( The Times ) Economic policy: "BMA accuses Lawson of 'fiddling the books'" [accused of making arbitrary calculation of overspend and consequent cut]
83 Jul 20 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson hints at tax cuts in return for spending curbs"
83 Jul 21 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Taking the strain for annual tug of war" ["The start of the annual battle between the Treasury and spending ministries"]
83 Aug 13 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson ready for revolt on dole cut"
83 Sep 12 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson's spending cuts warning" ["no sacred cows exempted from public spending cuts"]
83 Sep 12 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson seeks public debate on spending" ["the Treasury must lead a more open debate on the prospects for public spending and taxation"]
83 Sep 14 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Hungary: “Sir Geoffrey on three-day visit to Hungary” (Howe visit)
83 Sep 14 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Hungary: “Hungary’s Way” (Howe right not to cancel visit after Korean shootdown)
83 Sep 29 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Our policies working - Lawson" [Washington speech "to extol the virtues of the Government's economic strategy"]
83 Oct 6 Th PDF Key Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "'Parkinson admits love affair" (Parkinson admits relationship with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 7 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Love affair puts Parkinson's future in doubt" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 8 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Parkinson given ovation at dinner" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 9 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Cecil Parkinson: "An affair of the party" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 9 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Illicit love's survival game" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 9 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Top Tories tell Thatcher: sack Parkinson" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 10 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Chance of Parkinson survival dwindles" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 11 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Parkinson's affair cost him Foreign Secretary's post" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 12 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Miss Keays 'nearly the Bermondsey candidate'" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 12 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Diary: Parkinson show" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays) ["Don't sack Cecil" banner flown over Blackpool]
83 Oct 12 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Trustworthiness as touchstone in public office" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays) [letters page]
83 Oct 13 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Moral values in the Parkinson affair" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays) [letters page]
83 Oct 14 Fr PDF Key Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "I implored him to tell Thatcher" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays) [Keays interview]
83 Oct 14 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Parkinson given a warm reception" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays) [Conservative Party Conference]
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Keays statement forces Parkinson's resignation" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Countdown to resignation as Parkinson's affair undermined polls success" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Press lays siege to house" (Parkinson's resignation follow revelations about his affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Tasks that face new man in job" (Parkinson's replacement as Trade and Industry Secretary following revelations about his affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Thatcher protégé who missed stardom" (Parkinson's resignation following revelations about his affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Younger tipped for Trade takeover" (Parkinson's replacement as Trade and Industry Secretary following his resignation)
83 Oct 16 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Exclusive" (response of Parkinson's family to Keays' accusations)
83 Oct 16 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Parkinson: A Tale of Three Women" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 17 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Thatcher's key role on Parkinson marriage" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 21 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Chancellor allows no respite in struggle against inflation" ["unswerving determination to reduce inflation further"]
83 Nov 15 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Hungary: “Hungary visit for Thatcher” (MT announces visit in Guildhall speech)
84 Jan 14 Sa PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill in clash on impact of ban" [Scargill and MacGregor disagree on effects of overtime ban]
84 Feb 3 Fr PDF Major Archive (Ingham MSS) Speech by Hungarian Prime Minister (Gyorgy Lázár)
84 Feb 4 Sa PDF Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill and Murray in clash on pay" [Scargill rejects potential for pay settlement]
84 Feb 4 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Hungary: “Kadar’s road from traitor to hero” (MT visit)
84 Feb 4 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Hungary: “Thatcher issues urgent plea on arms” (MT visit)
84 Feb 4 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Hungary: “True Blue on the Danube” (MT visit)
84 Feb 21 Tu PDF Major Commentary (Financial Times) MT: “Tories increasingly critical of Thatcher’s inner circle” (“backbench unease over ‘remoteness’ of Downing Street”)
84 Mar 16 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "A bitter war to lose" [report on dispute over pit closures]
84 Mar 27 Tu PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Miners' pension fund 'hazarded by Scargill'" [Scargill in court over NUM pension investments]
84 Mar 27 Tu PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "The advocate without a wig was Mr Scargill" [Scargill defends pension policy. Miners wanted to buy the Daily Mirror and Theakstons Brewery]
84 Mar 30 Fr PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill's pension fund policy" [Scargill defends pensions policy in the high court]
84 Mar 31 Sa PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill challenged on pensions" [Scargill defends stance on NUM pension investments]
84 Apr 5 Th PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Russian journalist coy about Scargill 'class war' interview" [Scargill accused of calling coal strike 'class war']
84 Apr 5 Th PDF Major Commentary Financial Times) MT: “Thatcher considers MSC chairman for Downing Street role” (David Young) [“suggestion of strengthening the Prime Minister’s office has [been] revived … following criticisms within the Conservative Party”]
84 Apr 7 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Secret ballot hope doomed if Scargill plays it by the book" [Scargill could block a ballot on a technicality]
84 Apr 22 Su PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill to control 'fight to the finish'" [Scargill takes personal control, NUM conference rejects ballots]
84 Apr 29 Su PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Time to tighten the knot - Scargill'" [Scargill urges moderates in Notts and Lancs to join strike]
84 May 2 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Media: “Sherman view on loyalties” [“better for an adviser to face political death than ‘to be drawn into competition in courtiership and sycophancy’”] [annotated text released 2014]
84 May 11 Fr PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill dispute halts paper" [quarrel between journalist unions stops Express going to print]
84 May 15 Tu PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "20,000 in miners' protest march" [strikers gather in Mansfield for a mass demonstration]
84 May 27 Su PDF Minor Commentary (Sunday Times) Coal: "Scargill: has to rest" [a horoscope for Scargill]
84 Jun 11 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Compromise ruled out by Scargill" [Scargill will accept nothing but total victory]
84 Jun 20 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Total blockade call as miners move against steel plants" [NUM call on transport unions to blockade steelworks]
84 Jun 23 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill at head of the funeral" [Scargill leads 8000 miners at Joe Green's funeral]
84 Jun 26 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "'My greatest day" [Scargill interview by New Left Review on memories of Saltley]
84 Jun 29 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "'Star chamber' move could split miners" [Scargill pursues new power to expel uncooperative pits from NUM]
84 Jul 5 Th PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill as star of micro game" [company launches computer game featuring Scargill]
84 Jul 8 Su PDF Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Coal: "Scargill sticks out for total victory" [amid NCB talks, Scargill declares "we are going to win"]
84 Jul 12 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill denounces 'blatant state interference' in miners' strike" [Scargill accuses state organs of anti-union conspiracy]
84 Jul 15 Su PDF Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Coal: "What drives Arthur Scargill?" [Andrew Stephen probes Scargill's background and philosophy]
84 Aug 8 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Figured out" [top Scargill researcher quits]
84 Aug 9 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Pitted fruit" [NUM begged not to accept illegal LSE SU donation]
84 Aug 11 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Strike 'enforced by mobs'" [Walker says NUM are paying mobs to stop workers]
84 Aug 12 Su PDF Minor Commentary (Sunday Times) Coal: "Trials of a star-crossed trio" [horoscopes of MacGregor, Thatcher and Scargill]
84 Aug 19 Su PDF Minor Commentary (Sunday Times) Coal: "Scargill intimidates TUC - MacGregor" [NCB head says Scargill using pickets to coerce other unions]
84 Aug 22 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Mr Scargill and the TUC" [TUC worries about impact of coal strike on union movement]
84 Aug 26 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: "Scargill to TUC: don't betray me" [Scargill condemns "scab" labourers, while some "large and moderate" unions offer support to the NUM]
84 Aug 26 Su PDF Minor Commentary (News of the World) Coal: "Scargill hit by an egg at demo"
84 Aug 28 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill attacks TV pit strike coverage"
84 Aug 31 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "A strike for Britain's future" [Scargill argues that pit closures "ignore Britain's energy requirements"]
84 Sep 9 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: " 'Miners are fully aware of the forces massed against them' " [Scargill emphasises determination to force government to back down over strike]
84 Sep 9 Su PDF Major Commentary (The News of the World) Coal: "David Owen: We cannot cave in to Scargill"
84 Sep 10 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Kinnock traces Scargill 'errors'" [Kinnock attacks Scargill for "destroying the coal industry" and for holding two unsuccessful ballots in 1982 and 1983]
84 Sep 18 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill is a 'tyrant' over ballot" [John Gummer calls for ballot before strike]
84 Sep 18 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill says £1,000 fine paid without his authority" [Scargill denies sanctioning payment of contempt of court fine]
84 Oct 2 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill wins support for attacks on 'state violence against miners'" [Scargill attacks the policing of NUM pickets, while Eric Hammond is booed for criticising the lack of an NUM ballot before the strike]
84 Oct 2 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "High Court writ served on Scargill [contempt writ served]
84 Oct 2 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “Belgrano: there was no alternative” (Lewin article) [“In war, opportunities must be taken while they exist; there may not be a second chance”]
84 Oct 3 We PDF Major Commentary (The Daily Mirror) Coal: "Scargill defiant on jail threat" [Scargill promises to ignore contempt writ]
84 Oct 3 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Writ scope pass probe" [Labour Party investigation into how private investigator infiltrated Winter Gardens to serve writ to Scargill]
84 Oct 5 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Judge adjourns hearing but Scargill remains defiant" [Scargill continues not to attend his court hearing for contempt]
84 Oct 7 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: "Glory to the tales of Arthur" [Scargill upstages Kinnock at Labour Party conference]
84 Oct 8 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill 'must obey Courts'" [Attorney General predicts punishment of Scargill for contempt of court]
84 Oct 9 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "King Arthur's real crime" ["Mr Scargill is above the law"]
84 Oct 10 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Judgement day for Scargill" [contempt of court charges and Labour MPs declaration of support]
84 Oct 11 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Miners undeterred by fines on Scargill and Union" [NUM reaffirms that they believe strike is official, despite High Court ruling to the contrary]
84 Oct 12 Fr PDF Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Brighton Bomb: “To Kill the Cabinet” (“The story behind the Grand Hotel bombing”) [Brighton Evening Argus 40 page supplement]
84 Oct 13 Sa PDF Major Commentary (Financial Times) Brighton Bomb: (“IRA bomb kills 3 at Brighton”) [“A sombre closing of Tory ranks”]
84 Oct 14 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: "Scargill urged strike in '83" [High Court hears that Scargill had tried to order an unlawful nationwide strike without a ballot in 1983]
84 Oct 14 Su PDF Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Brighton Bomb: (“Intelligence warnings that were ignored”) [“Police told of possible attack”]
84 Oct 21 Su PDF Minor Commentary (The Sunday Telegraph) Coal: "Cat food for Scargill" [tin of cat food thrown at Scargill in Sunderland]
84 Nov 1 Th PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Not for pruning" [rose to be named after Scargill]
84 Nov 1 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "From Arthur with love" [House of Lords question over Scargill USSR trip]
84 Nov 4 Su PDF Major Commentary (News of the World) Coal: "Scargill in 'six-hour talk with Libyans" discussion of Libyan government donation to NUM
84 Nov 4 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill did discuss Libyan cash" discussion of Libyan government donation to NUM
84 Nov 12 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Times' use of picture is upheld" Scargill appeared in photograph apparently performing a Nazi salute
84 Nov 17 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Kinnock to appear with Scargill"
84 Nov 22 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Bad Review" [Ramsgate bomb threats & allegations Scargill KGB agent]
84 Nov 22 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "'Scargill only wants conflict', Walker says"
84 Nov 26 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Attack victims to seek new rules - new rules to oust Scargill"
84 Dec 2 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill on the ropes" [position as leader of NUM threatened]
84 Dec 5 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill makes heartland cash plea"
84 Dec 8 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Support by Heffer for Scargill Call"
84 Dec 14 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill claims arrest a plot" [obstruction arrest at mass picket]
84 Dec 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: ""Scargill fined for obstruction"
84 Dec 31 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal "Prime Minister makes a resolution to break Scargill's Power in NUM"
88 May 25 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Sterling policy: "Lawson pledges sterling stability" [inflation, sterling stability, EMS support]
88 May 25 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Sterling policy: "Lawson pledges sterling stability" [inflation, sterling stability, EMS support] test
88 Sep 21 We PDF Major Commentary (Daily Telegraph) Europe: “Thatcher signals fight to stop EEC superstate” (Bruges speech)
88 Sep 21 We PDF Major Commentary (Daily Telegraph) Europe: “Riding roughshod over Continental hypocrisy” (Bruce Anderson on Bruges speech)
88 Sep 22 Th PDF Major Commentary (Daily Telegraph) Europe: “Untimely offensive” (leading article on Bruges speech)
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