‘There Is No Alternative’: Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair

Iain McLean

in Rational Choice and British Politics

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780198295297
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599873 | DOI:
 ‘There Is No Alternative’: Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair

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A case study of the rhetoric and heresthetics of Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown. It examines Thatcher's slogans: the free economy, where she succeeded, and the strong state, where she failed. The first changed the universe of political debate; the second destroyed the Conservative Party, as it split into its Europhile and Eurosceptical wings. The most successful heresthetic since 1997 has been Brown's grant of central bank independence within days of taking office.

Keywords: Tony Blair; Gordon Brown; central bank independence; Europhiles; Eurosceptics; free economy; strong state; Margaret Thatcher

Chapter.  13491 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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