Memorialisation of the wars-Thatcher

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Thatcher 1

  •   Thatcher's “Victorian Values” traditionalism more of style than substance

  • Thatcher gave business a heroic pedigree- alternative of national epic

  • Labour evoked alternative story; Kinnock: “Victorian Britain was a place where a few got rich and most got hell”

  • If VV struck cord it was because of disenchantment with modernisation of 60s

  • Growth of new working-class Tory voter: not deferential to rich but disdainful of those lower down the scale

  • On of Thatcher's strengths was turning policy into moral economy: competition bracing, market created equitable distribution, job-shedding was losing weight

  • VV wasn't temporal but allegorical- reverse of present

  • Chapel rather than church but no attempt to turn this into legislation: number of those on supplementary benefits rose from 3.4 billion in 1979 to 5.6 billion in 1988

  • Outstanding debt rose from 3% a ¼ 1981-1988 to 14% 1987

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Thatcher 2

  •   Malcolm Smith: Blitz interpreted in two different ways: two competing political mythologies

  • Left wing emphasises collapse of the bad old guard

  • Right wing emphasises patriotism of the British people

  • Thatcher led to domination of the right

  • Falklands War never seen as People’s Victory- personal victory for Thatcher

  • Martin Shaw: ““In Thatcher's appropriation of the Second World War memories there was, however, a particularly limited vision of wartime experiences, since she wished to claim the patriotism while jettisoning the sharing og equality under threat”

  • History as the past and history as a sign of the present: history as a container of meaning

  • Brannagh's choice of H5 1989 to launch Renaissance Films- signifies history through surface and chain of associations

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Thatcher 3

  • Branagh ventriquolised Thatcherite rhetoric despite himself: at issue were competing mythologies of the recent past

  • After 1945 powerful inflections to the left: evoked Great Depression, and social misery and vowed it would never happen again

  • Accumulations of national anxieties exposed far-reaching confusions in identity

  • This view of Thatcherism as an aggressive reimagining of British identity became distinctive orthodoxy of 1990 cultural studies

  • British cinema mines the past but WW2 rarely mentioned

  • In making portrait about war itself Hope and Glory stands by itself and debunks older narratives of war

  • Film subverts narrative and symbolic expectations because child removed from military narratives: thank you Adolf when school bombed

  • Films find a place beyond obvious frameworks of war to tell story of escape

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Thatcher 4

  • Schepsisi's 1985 Plenty- attempts at eve of Thatcherism to problematise legacy of 1945 from the left

  • Brassneck, Country- A Tory Story: Calder's Peoples War directly inspired these productions

  • Plenty is an allegorising of post-war normalising and national decline- Susan Traherne desceneds from episonage to illness- film is attack on postwar restoration and power of state to stifle change

  • Plenty is positioned between angry radicalism of the 1960s and new defeats of the 1980s

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