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Book review: Promised You A Miracle: UK 80-82 by Andy Beckett

Promised You A Miracle: UK 80-82 by Andy Beckett (Allen Lane, £20)51dS1FNWiFL “Economics are the method,” declared Margaret Thatcher in 1981, “the object is to change the soul.” Thatcherism certainly ushered in a new mood in Britain in the 1980s, undoing in the process many of the pieties that had underpinned the postwar Keynesian consensus. By the time she left office in 1990, this was a less hidebound and in many ways more liberal country, but also a harsher and more unequal one. Britain had changed, though not necessarily in ways that Thatcher had…

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