in late October. A fortnight later. Jim Sillars was MP for (ioyan. and even some of their own leading figures argued that Labour were ‘running around like headless chickens' in the wake ofsuch a spectacular defeat. This one will run andrun.
’l'he seamen. postal workers and nurses went on strike. while students protested against the planned introduction of loans. ()yer-optimistic journalists continued. as they had been doing
for the past decade. to see the first chinks in Thatcher's armour. Nigel Lawson's position looked less secure: just a blip. he said. as the worst trade figures on record were announced. Just a complacent gourmand. said everyone else. Edwina (,‘urrie finally went too far. and had to resign after inciting a whole nation to tell achineg awful eggjokes for a full fortnight.
()ther hopeful signs at the year's end were Gorbachey‘s unilateral arms and troops reduction. and the election in Pakistan of Benazir Bhutto. the first female leader ofa Muslim country. These were counterlmlanced. however. by the ('lapham rail crash and events in the southern Soviet Union. ‘Large earthquake in Armenia. many dead’. The Times might have written in eXoneration of its famously understated (‘hilean headline. But they just didn‘t think ofit at the time. which is also my excuse for having failed to mention your favourite memory ofthe year. That. and constraints ofsp
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