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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 October 2014

Thatcher's enemies within

The revelations about Thatcher's speech written for Tory Conference 1984 but abandoned after the IRA Brighton bombing confirm her demented view of the world. She characterised anybody who stood up to her manic policies of privatisation and attacks on workers' living standards as "the enemy within". Significantly she named the striking miners' leaders and Liverpool's socialist council, elected in 1983.

Her crazed 'free market' policies ultimately resulted in the capitalist economic meltdown of 2008 for which millions of workers are currently picking up the tab.

Appallingly, the bunch of mendacious Bullingdon bullies currently putting social provision to the sword are even more extreme than her in their unrelenting attacks on workers, while enriching their already obscenely wealthy friends.

I'm sure she would have been delighted with the current Liverpool Labour-run council in carrying through the highest level of cuts in the city's history, as well as employing people on the loathed zero-hour contracts.

The important lesson is: the ruling class don't reward you for grovelling compliance; they always return for more cuts. That lesson is completely lost on Liverpool's Mayor Anderson and his council.

Tony Mulhearn

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