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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 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 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 Jul 15 Tu PDF Major Archive (TNA) Cold War: Defence Open Government Document 80/23 ("The Future UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent Force") [acquiring Trident]
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 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 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 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 16 Mo Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Advice and consent" (Hayek letter) [does not act as an adviser "on particular decisions"]
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 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 PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Monetary policy: "Lawson - Backing with gusto for monetarism" [Lawson enters the Cabinet]
81 Sep 15 Tu Full Text Key Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Three Cabinet ministers sacked" (reshuffle) [purging the wets]
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 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 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 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 3 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Heath scorns the 'pretence' of monetarism" (speech) [no intellectual basis]
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 9 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Howe attacked from all sides" (debate on Autumn Statement) [14 Conservative abstentions]
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 Jan 28 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson attacks reflation lobby" ["resistance to the mounting pressure for a reflationary Budget"]
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 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"]
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 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 8 Th Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Cold War: Chequers Seminar on future of the Soviet Union [memoirs extract]
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 Sep 29 Th Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Cold War: Thatcher-Reagan meeting in Washington (record of conversation) [memoirs extract]
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)
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