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Was Margaret Thatcher’s 1986 ‘Big Bang’ responsible for the banks collapsing in 2008? Monetary reformer and former Bank of England employee turned international consultant Muhammad Rafeeq. Wikileaks release searchable index of ‘The Kissinger Cables’ from and to Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who had a secret foreign policy of coups, massacres and death squads. Senior Italian judge says he has evidence that Ken Clarke’s secret Bilderberg club were behind terrorist attacks across Europe as part of Operation Gladio. Anders Breivik massacre relatives prepare to sue Norwegian police & authorities. Julian Parry discusses the legacy of Margaret Thatcher who died on Monday. Several of the same individuals who removed Maggie over her attitude to European EMU integration involved in alleged illegal South African nuclear arms deal with Astra Holdings headed by former MI6 officer Stephan Koch. BBC make a documentary with The Guardian to mark the decade since the start of the Iraq war in March 2013 but then fail to screen it. Its content exposes appalling crimes by US Colonel James Steele in Iraq. America’s Hired Death Squads and Torture Teams Are Still Operating in Iraq – A 15-month investigation exploring war crimes long denied by the Pentagon lays out the tragic truth. James Steele: America’s mystery man in Iraq – video. Next Saturday sees Bristol’s Anarchist Bookfair 11am-6pm at the Trinity Centre at the East end of Old Market.

Britain’s first woman Prime Minister – the Margaret Thatcher timeline
1970 – Enters the Cabinet as Education Secretary
1975 February 11 – Elected Conservative Party leader, beating Edward Heath.
1975-9 – Leader of the Opposition
1979 May 4 – The Conservative Party wins the general election, Thatcher succeeds James Callaghan as PM
1980 – Buses deregulated and bus routes privatised
1980 – British Aerospace partly privatised
1980 – Local Authorities stopped from building council homes and tenants given “right to buy”
1981 March – Prisoners at Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison go on hunger strike to regain status as political prisoners
1981 April-July – Urban rioting in Brixton, Toxteth and St. Pauls
1982 January – Unemployment tops 3 million
1982 April-June – Falklands War
1983 – Associated British Ports (ABP) privatised
1983 – Shipbuilding privatised
1983 June 9 – Second term as PM begins; the Conservatives secure a landslide election victory
1984-5 – Miners’ strike, amid the closure and privatisation of coal mines
1984 – British Leyland car manufacturers privatised
1984 October 12 – Narrowly escapes death after the IRA bombs the Conservative party conference in Brighton, killing 5
1984 November – British Telecom (BT) the old ‘Post Office Telecomminications’ is privatised
1985 June 1 – Battle Of The Beanfield – Britain’s traveller ‘peace convoy’ destroyed in Wiltshire by violent police action, see “Operation Solstice” documentary
1986 January – Wapping dispute as Rupert Murdoch breaks the power of print unions, see “Despite The Sun” documentary
1986 – British Airports Authority (BAA) privatised
1986 March – Abolition of the Labour controlled Greater London Council or GLC
1986 October 27 – “Big Bang” deregulation of the City of London financial sector
1986 December – British Gas privatised
1987 January – After several programmes critical of the Thatcher governmnet Victor Rothschild & Marmaduke Hussey sack BBC Director General Alasdair Milne
1987 February – British Airways privatised
1987 – UK government majority share in British Petroleum (BP) privatised
1987 – Rolls Royce aero engines privatised
1987 June 11 – Wins third term as PM
1988 – British Steel privatised
1989 – British Aerospace fully privatised
1989 – Water Boards privatised
1990 – The Electricity Act began complex privatisation of electricity (except nuclear power generation)
1990 March 31 – Poll tax riots culminate in a 200,000 strong march on central London, see “The Battle Of Trafalgar” documentary
1990 October 30 – Thatcher “No!, no!, no!” speech in Commons makes it clear she is set against European Monetary Union
1990 November 13 – Geoffrey Howe resigns in protest at Thatcher’s refusal to agree a timetable for monetary union
1990 November 14 – Heseltine challenges Thatcher for the party leadership
1990 November 28 – Thatcher resigns, despite having won the first ballot. She is succeeded by John Major
1992 – Thatcher leaves the House of Commons, joins the Lords as Baroness Thatcher
1994 – Praises Tony Blair and New Labour as her “proudest achievement”

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