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11 November 2010

In this week’s New Statesman: Thatcher’s shadow

Roy Hattersley on Thatcher and Blair | Mehdi Hasan: Labour’s shame | Ryan Gilbey on horror films.

By George Eaton

In this week’s New Statesman, 20 years after Margaret Thatcher’s fall from power, we look at how the Iron Lady’s influence lives on. In our lead essay, Labour’s former deputy leader Roy Hattersley argues that Thatcher’s legacy was maintained by Tony Blair, who never challenged her belief in the ultimate efficiency of the market. Elsewhere, Norman Lamont says that a more “reasonable” prime minister would never have achieved what she did, Geoffrey Howe recalls his dramatic resignation as deputy prime minister, and John Sergeant describes the “handbagging” he received from Thatcher in 1990.

Also this week, Mehdi Hasan says that Labour should have reacted much earlier to Phil Woolas’s BNP-style electioneering, David Blanchflower dispels the myth that the unemployed are simply lazy and Peter Wilby explains why George W Bush should have stayed on the booze.

All this plus, Ryan Gilbey’s verdict on the latest horror films, Kevin Maguire’s Commons Confidential and Sigrid Rausing on why we should be a little less liberal when it comes to pornography.

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