I’ve been watching, with considerable interest and enjoyment, Andrew Marr’s TV series on the history of modern Britain. He’s had a lot of insights, and I liked his analysis of post-war economics and our relations with the USA in particular.
However, the recent programme on Thatcher’s Britain made me question his viewpoint. He said she was politically lucky, and I won’t dispute that. I became increasingly uneasy when his summing-up said we’d become stronger, richer and more confident as a nation. Which nation was he talking about? Not Scotland anyway. I think our confidence booster was devolution and the creation of the Scottish Parliament. And when he said, “We are all Thatcher’s children”, Mrs Dunny and I shouted at the TV with one voice. “Fuck off, Andrew,” we said. I can only surmise that the Thatcher years coincided with the period when Andrew was editing The Independent and was based in London. They see things differently there.