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East Lancashire politician reveals all about his time in the Thatcher government

ONE of Lancashire’s most prominent former politicians has revealed all about his time in Margaret Thatcher’s government.

Former Clitheroe and Nelson and Colne MP David Waddington has unveilled the secrets of his career with the publication of his memoirs.

Burnley-born Lord Waddington was in Clitheroe yesterday to promote the book, which tells all about his role as Mrs Thatcher’s last Home Secretary.

In the role he was at the heart of British politics during a turbulent time.

The memoirs describe his life from childhood in Lancashire, to his army postings in Hong Kong and Singapore. His role as MP first to the old Nelson and Colne constituency and later to the former Clitheroe constituency.

Tales of his time as Conservative Chief Whip flow into a description of life as Home Secretary during the Strangeway prison riots.

In 1990 he was created a life peer as Baron Waddington, of Read in the County of Lancashire. He went on to serve as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords until 1992 and went on to become Governor of Bermuda.

Lord Waddington said: “I enjoyed writing my memoirs very much and they were dramatic times.

“There were great changes happening in the country. It was a time when steps had to be taken to deal with what I thought was excessive trade union power.

“We had to make what were at the time very controversial decisions. Often there was no particular call in a certain work place for union representation. It was terribly controversial at the time but now it is a very normal situation.”

Lord Waddington, who has moved to Somerset in his retirement to be closer to his children, added: “I always thought it would have been difficult to represent the areas I did without growing up here.

“My family history stretches back in this area many years and I love Lancashire. I would have been a much less effective MP without my years growing up here and the things it taught me.”

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4:28pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Bacupbloke says...

Wonder if he talks proudly about his role in
the sentencing of Stcfan Kizko who was wrongly imprisoned after malicious wrongful evidence. Stefan needed a good lawyer but Fatty Waddington advised him to plead guilty. Then the useless fat lump went off for a cushy job in the sun.
Wonder if he talks proudly about his role in the sentencing of Stcfan Kizko who was wrongly imprisoned after malicious wrongful evidence. Stefan needed a good lawyer but Fatty Waddington advised him to plead guilty. Then the useless fat lump went off for a cushy job in the sun. Bacupbloke
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5:03pm Sat 1 Dec 12

shytalk says...

The Thatcher years had a damaging effect on Britain. Thatcher did a lot to destroy Britiish industry by either closing it down or selling it off to foreign countries just to make political point destryoying unions and workplace representation, It has led to loss of job security, short term/part time, conrtacts, people being replaced by foreign agency workers etc etc and why nearly everything you buy is imported from China etc.
Today we have a government that is still creating wealth for the wealthy and even more poverty for the poor
I am no left wing socialist. just an ordinary guy who lives in the real world and my question is this.
Given the state of the country and the damage the conservatives have done are they likely to replace Cameron before the next election and sacrifice him in order to try and win at least a few seats? it has taken a long time and a lot of misery for people to wake up to what the likes of Thatcher,Waddington, and Camerons ideolgy is. Hopefully we will not see it again this century..
The Thatcher years had a damaging effect on Britain. Thatcher did a lot to destroy Britiish industry by either closing it down or selling it off to foreign countries just to make political point destryoying unions and workplace representation, It has led to loss of job security, short term/part time, conrtacts, people being replaced by foreign agency workers etc etc and why nearly everything you buy is imported from China etc. Today we have a government that is still creating wealth for the wealthy and even more poverty for the poor I am no left wing socialist. just an ordinary guy who lives in the real world and my question is this. Given the state of the country and the damage the conservatives have done are they likely to replace Cameron before the next election and sacrifice him in order to try and win at least a few seats? it has taken a long time and a lot of misery for people to wake up to what the likes of Thatcher,Waddington, and Camerons ideolgy is. Hopefully we will not see it again this century.. shytalk
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6:20pm Sat 1 Dec 12

lancysouth says...

Well I'm glad he enjoyed writing it because I can't imagine many enjoying reading it - straight to the remainder table I think. I seem to remember he was Home Secretary at the time of the poll tax riot and saw film of him in Covent Garden London the day after. He just didn't have a clue what had happened or understand how loathed the tax was across a broad swathe of the population. Didn't his bunch manage to lose Clitheroe soon after? Quite an achievement.
Well I'm glad he enjoyed writing it because I can't imagine many enjoying reading it - straight to the remainder table I think. I seem to remember he was Home Secretary at the time of the poll tax riot and saw film of him in Covent Garden London the day after. He just didn't have a clue what had happened or understand how loathed the tax was across a broad swathe of the population. Didn't his bunch manage to lose Clitheroe soon after? Quite an achievement. lancysouth
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7:04pm Sat 1 Dec 12

mavrick says...

This man was the epitome of Thatchers evil. Cameron is even worse. the hatred these arrogant snobs have for ordinary people. They still believe they were born to rule. I won't repeat the colossal damage done to the country in the thatcher years. I just hope people will realise the Tories are no good for a modern day Britain.
This man was the epitome of Thatchers evil. Cameron is even worse. the hatred these arrogant snobs have for ordinary people. They still believe they were born to rule. I won't repeat the colossal damage done to the country in the thatcher years. I just hope people will realise the Tories are no good for a modern day Britain. mavrick
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8:59pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Graham Hartley says...

"East Lancashire politician reveals all about his time in the Thatcher government"

Does he reveal all, though his revelations will be hedged about by security caveats? Perhaps in his case there are no security concerns at all; this will be an extraordinary account indeed if so - a former home secretary tells all and suffers no state-sponsored consequences.
"East Lancashire politician reveals all about his time in the Thatcher government" Does he reveal all, though his revelations will be hedged about by security caveats? Perhaps in his case there are no security concerns at all; this will be an extraordinary account indeed if so - a former home secretary tells all and suffers no state-sponsored consequences. Graham Hartley
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10:40pm Sat 1 Dec 12

liddle 'un says...

shytalk wrote:
The Thatcher years had a damaging effect on Britain. Thatcher did a lot to destroy Britiish industry by either closing it down or selling it off to foreign countries just to make political point destryoying unions and workplace representation, It has led to loss of job security, short term/part time, conrtacts, people being replaced by foreign agency workers etc etc and why nearly everything you buy is imported from China etc.
Today we have a government that is still creating wealth for the wealthy and even more poverty for the poor
I am no left wing socialist. just an ordinary guy who lives in the real world and my question is this.
Given the state of the country and the damage the conservatives have done are they likely to replace Cameron before the next election and sacrifice him in order to try and win at least a few seats? it has taken a long time and a lot of misery for people to wake up to what the likes of Thatcher,Waddington, and Camerons ideolgy is. Hopefully we will not see it again this century..
I think you will find it was New Labour who did more to destroy manufacturing in this country.

Not only that, their socialist fairy tale ended with this country being crippled by debt.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: The Thatcher years had a damaging effect on Britain. Thatcher did a lot to destroy Britiish industry by either closing it down or selling it off to foreign countries just to make political point destryoying unions and workplace representation, It has led to loss of job security, short term/part time, conrtacts, people being replaced by foreign agency workers etc etc and why nearly everything you buy is imported from China etc. Today we have a government that is still creating wealth for the wealthy and even more poverty for the poor I am no left wing socialist. just an ordinary guy who lives in the real world and my question is this. Given the state of the country and the damage the conservatives have done are they likely to replace Cameron before the next election and sacrifice him in order to try and win at least a few seats? it has taken a long time and a lot of misery for people to wake up to what the likes of Thatcher,Waddington, and Camerons ideolgy is. Hopefully we will not see it again this century..[/p][/quote]I think you will find it was New Labour who did more to destroy manufacturing in this country. Not only that, their socialist fairy tale ended with this country being crippled by debt. liddle 'un
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7:06am Sun 2 Dec 12

Kevin, Colne says...

It is very difficult to have calm and considered debate about Thatcher as views are polarised.

Looking back on events it seems to me that Mrs Thatcher and the Conservative Party at that time were extremely lucky, and I would be interested to know whether David Waddington’s account of this period refers to this favourable confluence of events.

From the political standpoint, the Conservative Party were greatly aided by Jim Callaghan’s decision not to call a general election in 1978 when the outcome may very well have been different from 1979. Secondly, the fracturing of the Labour Party with the establishing of the SDP split the progressive vote and enabled the Conservative’s to secure their position. Thirdly, the opposition parties were unable to muster a leader who could match Mrs Thatcher’s sense of presence.

From an economic standpoint the Thatcher Government had one crucial advantage over the previous Labour administration, namely: significant quantities of North Sea oil. This had the effect of transforming the trade position of the country while simultaneously having great revenue benefits to the national exchequer. On the other side of the equation the Pound became a petro-currency and as the value of Sterling soared our exports became less competitive; and it is this that accounted for the end of a large swathe of the UK’s manufacturing base at that time.

Among the many tragedies of Thatcherism the failure to capture the benefits of North Sea oil for our children and grand-children is a prime example of the dangers that arise when politicians – and ally to other parties - are blinkered by ideology and myopic in the extreme.
Unfortunately for the nation Mrs Thatcher and the Conservative Party had no interest in saving and investing some of the oil revenue off-shore in the form of a United Kingdom Wealth Fund. This would have gone some way to dampening the Pound and allowing manufacturing industry some time to adjust.

Norway took a different route and now has a fund worth $660bn, which I would imagine generates a fair bit of income.

Although it did not seem so at the time in truth Mrs Thatcher had a good set of cards but played them very badly; a bit like Tony Blair.

It’s very difficult for a nation to survive two tragedies of this magnitude in close succession.
It is very difficult to have calm and considered debate about Thatcher as views are polarised. Looking back on events it seems to me that Mrs Thatcher and the Conservative Party at that time were extremely lucky, and I would be interested to know whether David Waddington’s account of this period refers to this favourable confluence of events. From the political standpoint, the Conservative Party were greatly aided by Jim Callaghan’s decision not to call a general election in 1978 when the outcome may very well have been different from 1979. Secondly, the fracturing of the Labour Party with the establishing of the SDP split the progressive vote and enabled the Conservative’s to secure their position. Thirdly, the opposition parties were unable to muster a leader who could match Mrs Thatcher’s sense of presence. From an economic standpoint the Thatcher Government had one crucial advantage over the previous Labour administration, namely: significant quantities of North Sea oil. This had the effect of transforming the trade position of the country while simultaneously having great revenue benefits to the national exchequer. On the other side of the equation the Pound became a petro-currency and as the value of Sterling soared our exports became less competitive; and it is this that accounted for the end of a large swathe of the UK’s manufacturing base at that time. Among the many tragedies of Thatcherism the failure to capture the benefits of North Sea oil for our children and grand-children is a prime example of the dangers that arise when politicians – and ally to other parties - are blinkered by ideology and myopic in the extreme. Unfortunately for the nation Mrs Thatcher and the Conservative Party had no interest in saving and investing some of the oil revenue off-shore in the form of a United Kingdom Wealth Fund. This would have gone some way to dampening the Pound and allowing manufacturing industry some time to adjust. Norway took a different route and now has a fund worth $660bn, which I would imagine generates a fair bit of income. Although it did not seem so at the time in truth Mrs Thatcher had a good set of cards but played them very badly; a bit like Tony Blair. It’s very difficult for a nation to survive two tragedies of this magnitude in close succession. Kevin, Colne
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6:01pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Chris P Bacon says...

liddle 'un wrote:
shytalk wrote:
The Thatcher years had a damaging effect on Britain. Thatcher did a lot to destroy Britiish industry by either closing it down or selling it off to foreign countries just to make political point destryoying unions and workplace representation, It has led to loss of job security, short term/part time, conrtacts, people being replaced by foreign agency workers etc etc and why nearly everything you buy is imported from China etc.
Today we have a government that is still creating wealth for the wealthy and even more poverty for the poor
I am no left wing socialist. just an ordinary guy who lives in the real world and my question is this.
Given the state of the country and the damage the conservatives have done are they likely to replace Cameron before the next election and sacrifice him in order to try and win at least a few seats? it has taken a long time and a lot of misery for people to wake up to what the likes of Thatcher,Waddington, and Camerons ideolgy is. Hopefully we will not see it again this century..
I think you will find it was New Labour who did more to destroy manufacturing in this country.

Not only that, their socialist fairy tale ended with this country being crippled by debt.
Well I think YOU'LL find that you've bought the tory lies to try and deflect righteous blame from them. This thread is about the evil of Thatcher so how you've come up with some worthless nonsense about something from a different era makes you look stupid. Shytalk was spot on and you....aren't.
[quote][p][bold]liddle 'un[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: The Thatcher years had a damaging effect on Britain. Thatcher did a lot to destroy Britiish industry by either closing it down or selling it off to foreign countries just to make political point destryoying unions and workplace representation, It has led to loss of job security, short term/part time, conrtacts, people being replaced by foreign agency workers etc etc and why nearly everything you buy is imported from China etc. Today we have a government that is still creating wealth for the wealthy and even more poverty for the poor I am no left wing socialist. just an ordinary guy who lives in the real world and my question is this. Given the state of the country and the damage the conservatives have done are they likely to replace Cameron before the next election and sacrifice him in order to try and win at least a few seats? it has taken a long time and a lot of misery for people to wake up to what the likes of Thatcher,Waddington, and Camerons ideolgy is. Hopefully we will not see it again this century..[/p][/quote]I think you will find it was New Labour who did more to destroy manufacturing in this country. Not only that, their socialist fairy tale ended with this country being crippled by debt.[/p][/quote]Well I think YOU'LL find that you've bought the tory lies to try and deflect righteous blame from them. This thread is about the evil of Thatcher so how you've come up with some worthless nonsense about something from a different era makes you look stupid. Shytalk was spot on and you....aren't. Chris P Bacon
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6:58pm Sun 2 Dec 12

midas says...

Bacupbloke wrote:
Wonder if he talks proudly about his role in
the sentencing of Stcfan Kizko who was wrongly imprisoned after malicious wrongful evidence. Stefan needed a good lawyer but Fatty Waddington advised him to plead guilty. Then the useless fat lump went off for a cushy job in the sun.
Wasn't he prosecuting Kizko? I don't know if there is any link between his role and any knowledge of the evidence that never managed to make it to the defence team :-)
[quote][p][bold]Bacupbloke[/bold] wrote: Wonder if he talks proudly about his role in the sentencing of Stcfan Kizko who was wrongly imprisoned after malicious wrongful evidence. Stefan needed a good lawyer but Fatty Waddington advised him to plead guilty. Then the useless fat lump went off for a cushy job in the sun.[/p][/quote]Wasn't he prosecuting Kizko? I don't know if there is any link between his role and any knowledge of the evidence that never managed to make it to the defence team :-) midas
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7:23pm Sun 2 Dec 12

liddle 'un says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
liddle 'un wrote:
shytalk wrote:
The Thatcher years had a damaging effect on Britain. Thatcher did a lot to destroy Britiish industry by either closing it down or selling it off to foreign countries just to make political point destryoying unions and workplace representation, It has led to loss of job security, short term/part time, conrtacts, people being replaced by foreign agency workers etc etc and why nearly everything you buy is imported from China etc.
Today we have a government that is still creating wealth for the wealthy and even more poverty for the poor
I am no left wing socialist. just an ordinary guy who lives in the real world and my question is this.
Given the state of the country and the damage the conservatives have done are they likely to replace Cameron before the next election and sacrifice him in order to try and win at least a few seats? it has taken a long time and a lot of misery for people to wake up to what the likes of Thatcher,Waddington, and Camerons ideolgy is. Hopefully we will not see it again this century..
I think you will find it was New Labour who did more to destroy manufacturing in this country.

Not only that, their socialist fairy tale ended with this country being crippled by debt.
Well I think YOU'LL find that you've bought the tory lies to try and deflect righteous blame from them. This thread is about the evil of Thatcher so how you've come up with some worthless nonsense about something from a different era makes you look stupid. Shytalk was spot on and you....aren't.
Crispy Bacon Brains,

You said in your last post "This thread is about the evil of Thatcher", by whose authority do you make that assertion?
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]liddle 'un[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: The Thatcher years had a damaging effect on Britain. Thatcher did a lot to destroy Britiish industry by either closing it down or selling it off to foreign countries just to make political point destryoying unions and workplace representation, It has led to loss of job security, short term/part time, conrtacts, people being replaced by foreign agency workers etc etc and why nearly everything you buy is imported from China etc. Today we have a government that is still creating wealth for the wealthy and even more poverty for the poor I am no left wing socialist. just an ordinary guy who lives in the real world and my question is this. Given the state of the country and the damage the conservatives have done are they likely to replace Cameron before the next election and sacrifice him in order to try and win at least a few seats? it has taken a long time and a lot of misery for people to wake up to what the likes of Thatcher,Waddington, and Camerons ideolgy is. Hopefully we will not see it again this century..[/p][/quote]I think you will find it was New Labour who did more to destroy manufacturing in this country. Not only that, their socialist fairy tale ended with this country being crippled by debt.[/p][/quote]Well I think YOU'LL find that you've bought the tory lies to try and deflect righteous blame from them. This thread is about the evil of Thatcher so how you've come up with some worthless nonsense about something from a different era makes you look stupid. Shytalk was spot on and you....aren't.[/p][/quote]Crispy Bacon Brains, You said in your last post "This thread is about the evil of Thatcher", by whose authority do you make that assertion? liddle 'un
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