Boris Johnson’s premiership – particularly his commitment to level up the north, invest in public services, and his personal fondness for major infrastructure developments – had already led some to question the extent to which his government had abandoned Thatcherism. But the scale of the economic intervention overseen by Chancellor Rishi Sunak during the pandemic has changed the nature of the debate: undoubtedly the current approach is not Thatcherite, but will the post-pandemic approach return to something more aligned Mrs Thatcher’s?
Our roundtable discussion on the topic ‘Is the current government Thatcherite?’ will explore the likely future of Thatcherism in a post-Brexit, post-COVID world.
In popular culture, Netflix’s The Crown and Channel 4’s It’s a Sin both turned to the 1980s and imagined two very different ‘hidden’ histories of the decade: the Queen’s private relationship with Margaret Thatcher and the experience of gay men living in London during the AIDS epidemic.
The interdisciplinary nature of our conferences invite discussions not just of traditional approaches to history and political science, but consideration of how cultural representations such as these shape and influence public understanding of the period, the people and the politics of the Thatcher era.
As the UK exits national lockdown, we look forward to welcoming guests to Newcastle University.
The conference will be held in the historic Armstrong Building, on the central Newcastle University campus. It is within walking distance of the Newcastle Central Station and directly opposite the Haymarket metro station.
We are delighted to announce that, befitting our location, Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (historian and former Political Secretary to the Prime Minister) will be our keynote speaker.
A full conference programme will be available shortly.
The conference hotel will be the Cairn Hotel, 97-103 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2TJ.
A unique conference booking code (for a room and breakfast) will be provided to all who register for the conference. However, this offer is limited to the first 30 guests, so register soon to secure the discount.
The hotel is a 30 minute walk from campus or two stops on the Tyne and Wear Metro.
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