So the million-dollar question is why did all this mythology arise, and why was there such tension between Scotland, or more accurately the majority of Scots, and Thatcherism? It seems to me that hating Mrs Thatcher (who apparently hated Scotland) was simply a convenient excuse for not addressing some of the issues she legitimately raised in relation to the role of the state and the status of the individual. So instead of confronting head on long-term problems facing Scottish industry and society, we bundled up everything perceived to be bad and gave it the wicked-sounding name of ‘Thatcher’, while grouping all the supposed alternatives into something with the more positive-sounding tag of ‘devolution’.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Quote of the day
David Torrance does a fine bit of myth-busting: