Have just come across this Hansard report on Margaret Thatcher’s archive (having seen references to it elsewhere) – http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/108234. It from PM’s question time and deals with issues to do with Europe, the single currency, reform of farm subsidies and the invasion of Kuwait – 21 years ago and yet so much that is debated still has relevance today.
Whatever your political viewpoint, I urge you to read this (despite it being quite long, representing 1.5hrs of debating time) because, as Mark Twain apparently said: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
I was particularly struck by Tony Benn’s comments (considering his modern incarnation as an elder statesman), the intervention of Dr David Owen (considering the current policy of the LibDems), the comments about the European Central Bank, the role of the EU Commission, the risks of and to a single currency, the need for democratic accountability, the need to reform the CAP, the movement of people in Europe, the need for large transfers of money to support the poorer regions of the EU, the principle that governments should not bind future generations.
Finally I was amused by the objection at the end that the House had spent five hours the previous day discussing dogs but only one and a half discussing an Inter Governmental Conference – it does make you wonder at our priorities then and now.
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