By Adrian Williamson
In this ebook, Adrian Williamson investigates the procedures in which Thatcherism turned proven in Tory considering, and inquiries to what quantity the baby-kisser herself is answerable for Thatcherism in the Conservative Party.
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We will, therefore, be examining the fate of the settlement in Conservative hands. This supposed settlement is central to British post war history, or, at least, to the literature which seeks to explain that history. We are looking at the Conservatives because they are the putative parents of the settlement and its undoubted executioners. They also form an important part of the political and administrative elite who are said to have devised the settlement in the 1940s. We will be seeking to place ourselves in the shoes of that elite in the 1960s and 1970s by considering the documents they produced and by talking to as many as possible of the survivors.
How then did the Conservatives make policy? The Party had no written constitution. Its policymaking processes were arcane. It was certainly no democracy. In theory, the making of policy was the preserve of the Leader. 41 CRD, roughly the equivalent of the Party’s civil service, performed a role throughout in assisting the professional politicians with the details of policy. 42 From 1964–1970, these three dominated economic policymaking. They had all held economic portfolios during the 1951–1964 governments.
However, throughout, the Powellite alternative, although stridently expressed, made little headway in the Party. 2 Policymaking: Structures, Ideas and Influences Introduction In this chapter, we will seek to provide an outline of Conservative policymaking in the 1960s and 1970s. We will seek to show how the three models of supply-side reform, the New Realism, and Powellism competed with one another for primacy. We will also indicate the processes through which this competition took place. Policymaking fell into three distinct sub-periods.