Margaret Thatcher is undoubtedly one of the most divisive people in British political history. But whatever you think of her she’s a woman whose economic policies still reverberate today. She’ll always be known as someone who loved the tenuous idea of linking property ownership to democracy, who valued the economy over society and thought that a big bang liberation of the City of London would deliver untold riches for everyone.
NHS was established on the basis that there should be free medical care to the entire population. Back in 1948, it was the first such scheme in any Western country, funded by the taxpayer and from no other source. But now the NHS is a euphemism for privatisation, cuts to services and the retrenchment of benefits. So what has happened?
Once again the west finds itself back in a familiar position with the press parroting one assured narrative, while the public is increasingly sceptical about their claims. So what is really going on? And have we not learned anything from interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya? Here to discuss the role of the media in support of the Western headlong rush to war is the economist and political analyst, Shabbir Razvi and former army officer, detective and counter-terrorism intelligence officer Charles Shoebridge.
Privatising British Railways was meant to bring innovation, efficiency, competition and therefore lower fares but the reality, well it’s been very different. The former British Prime Minister and devout neo liberal Margaret Thatcher was in favour of mass privatisation but even she claimed that privatising the British Rail System was ‘a privatisation too far’ but this didn’t stop her successors. So on this program we ask. Was the neoliberal dream of rail privatisation actually the great British train robbery?
If positive social and political change worked top down, we wouldn’t have to make this programme. Sadly, it doesn’t. So at a time when the political class is out of ideas and the corporate class is out of excuses for its behaviour, the job of finding new perspectives and insights and ideas falls to the independent media. As a busy year draws to a close we look back at those people who have inspired and enlightened us in 2017. This is the first of two shows that are a whistle-stop tour around the thinkers, writers, doers and Renegade types we met over the last 12 months.