I usually enjoy the cultural documentaries of Dominic Sandbrook (although I have to concur with Alexei Sayle who, when discussing Sandbrook's '70s series, complained that his findings for the decade must have come from his mother seeing as he was only born in '74!) So I looked forward to his new one The 80s which started last night.
However I was really rattled by Sandbrook's statement that Margaret Thatcher was not to blame for the industrial decline and the hardships endured in the 1980s.
Sandbrook went on to elaborate on this baffling claim in the Radio Times
I'm not sure why Sandbrook would give such a blatantly false and stupid opinion. The cynic in me argues it's a deliberately controversial statement designed to get people talking. By posting about it here, I guess his job has been done.
But what if it isn't attention-seeking, what if it is something more insidious such as an example of the clear BBC bias against the Tory Party (both new and old, it would appear) Either way, this apologist revisionist stance is as offensive as the claims by Michael Gove that the notion of 'lions led by donkeys' in the First World War was nothing but left-wing propaganda.
Then again, maybe the right attitude to take is indeed Alexei Sayle's all along; after all, what could a 10 year old middle class boy in 1984 know about the very real and painful effects of Thatcherite policies on our countries industries?