The Guardian has gone into ‘shock-horror’ mode at the recent release by the Margaret Thatcher Foundation of her draft speech that she was intending to make at the 1984 Conservative Party Conference in Brighton. As it transpired, an IRA bomb ripped through the Grand Hotel in Brighton where the Prime Minister was staying and in its aftermath Mrs Thatcher, quite rightly in the circumstances, made a very different speech. This later speech concentrated on the aftermath of the bomb itself, before quickly establishing that despite the bomb, it was business as usual and economic and social matters took centre stage.
In the draft speech however, Mrs Thatcher was, according to the Guardian, much more scathing about the Labour Party and was to say that Labour had been captured by anti-democratic forces such as Marxists and other groups on the extreme-Left. The Labour Left had gained control of the Metropolitan Counties and the Greater London Council to such an extent that they used these authorities to run campaigns that were counter to the Thatcher government in particular and hostile to individualism in general. These Metro Counties and the GLC had become such a thorn in the side of the Thatcher Government and were wasting so much taxpayers’ money on Leftist causes, that the Conservative government felt it had little choice but to abolish these entities.
Mrs Thatcher had called Arthur Scargill’s striking miners ‘the enemy within’ during a private meeting some time earlier, but the abandoned speech that Mrs Thatcher was to make to Conference would be a public accusation against the Labour Party that they had become ‘the enemy within’. My own personal opinion of the Miners Strike was that the miners were hoodwinked by the National Union of Mineworkers into supporting an unwinnable strike. The Government had prepared back up coal stocks and the cost of digging up coal from British coalfields was much more than the cost of imported coal. The Left and the NUM led the miners to disaster, and the effects of Labour local government, sometimes as a one-party state, on some ex Mining areas has not been that good either.
According to the Guardian the speech was to say of Labour who had held their annual conference at Blackpool a week before: “Several months ago, I used the phrase ‘the enemy within’. I was not referring to the trade unions, or other political parties, or anything of the kind. I was referring to those people who are the enemies of freedom and democracy itself. And in case anyone doubted me, they were there for all to see in Blackpool last week.”
In a earlier section of the abandoned conference speech Mrs Thatcher was to have said: “Mr Kinnock’s own words … show just how far the enemies of democracy have advanced inside the modern Labour party. Mr Kinnock, for all his words – and there is no shortage of those – has been hijacked, first by Mr Scargill, then by the anti-democrats at his own party conference. In name he may be leader. In reality he is a puppet.”
This newly released draft speech by Mrs Thatcher may just look to many like an interesting political-historical curio, but it is not. Think back to the Labour Party rule of 1997 to 2010. Remember this was the party that was supposed to have been cleansed by Neil Kinnock of the damaging and disastrous far-Left, but all the far Left had done is change their clothes and try to appear respectable. Then think of the damage that this supposedly centrist Labour party has done to the United Kingdom. If you need reminding here is an excellent comment from Cargill55 a commentator on a story in the Independent newspaper website which lists just some of the problems that Labour brought on and to the UK:
Labours whole approach is based on party self interest, nothing to do with governing Britain effectively so it might be useful to see how they did from 1997 to 2010.
– Iraq and Afghanistan
– Rotherham and West Yorkshire
– Policy run by the Unions
– Started HS2, stuffed us with PFI
– Sowed the seeds of the destruction of the Union with lopsided devolution, ignoring England.
– Destroyed the final salary pension system
– Gave away our EU rebate
– Sucked up to the bankers creating horrendous consequences for britain in the global recession taking a generation to fix
– Gave away sovereignty through Lisbon and the Human Rights Act
– Abused state finances with 0.7% overseas aid pledge
– Halved manufacturing from 22% to 11% of gdp
– Abolished Primary Purpose Rule and allowed immediate A8 accession allowing 7
million immigrants into Britain 1997 to 2010 in a deliberate attempt to build its voting base.
– Sucked up to crony public sector Unions by inflating pay and pensions of an unreformed public sector
– Did nothing to invest in our infrastructure
– Imposed postal voting extension open to political corruption.
– Spent so much money on Labour cronies that we had a 5% structural deficit at the height of the boom.
– Impoverished millions with the Climate Change Act of alternative energy zealotry.
– Created the conditions in which thousands died unnecessarily in the NHS
– Created the catastrophe of multicultural extremism.
– Allowed failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants to stay in Britain.
– Sent our military to wars under equipped
– Failed to secure our borders.
– Sold off our gold at rock bottom prices
– Created hundreds of quangoes to carry out Labour ideology and stuffed them with socialist placemen.
– Created welfare as a lifestyle, with the totally dysfunctional tax credit system, and the catastrophe of excessive housing benefit
I am sure there is much more incompetence, self interest and cronyism but who would vote for Labour?
When you look at this list of wrongdoings, errors and downright malfeasance from Labour after it replaced the Conservatives in 1997, it makes Margaret Thatcher’s assessment of the Labour Party look very prescient indeed. The Labour Party have inflicted terrible wrongs on the nations and peoples that make up Britain.
Those of us who have had the misfortune to have lived in one of Labour’s ‘shariah shitholes’ or even its failing one-party states, have seen first hand the effects on ordinary decent British people of Labour’s policies. If you cannot earn enough to feed your family because excessive immigration has driven down wages, then you need to blame Labour. If you feel that your right to speak freely has been impinged upon, then blame the Labour Party. If you worry that your daughters may be raped by gangs of Islamic sex criminals then you must blame the Labour Party. The Labour Party and its supporters are very fond of blaming Margaret Thatcher for the ills of today’s society, but they rarely if ever, take the blame for their own disastrous period of misrule.
Maybe Margaret Thatcher was correct in thinking that the Labour Party was some form of ‘enemy within’. After all Labour have proved that they are an enemy of Britain and its peoples, the enemy of freedom and far too loyal to those groups who would wish to destroy us.
Guardian story about the Thatcher speech that never was.