Monday, 16 April 2012

BBC: "Why does the 1970s get painted as such a bad decade?"

Link to BBC web site

"In 1970, the self-made builder's son Edward Heath came to power promising a 'quiet revolution' that would turn around the fortunes of Great Britain plc. 

Sailor Ted, however, soon ran aground, his ship scuppered by the lethal combination of an energy crisis, a financial crash and a second miners' strike in two years. 

And though Labour's Harold Wilson got the country back to work, it came at the price of inflation at almost 30% and a humiliating bailout from the IMF. 

Perhaps fittingly, the decade ended with another prime minister being humiliated by the unions in the Winter of Discontent, though this time the victim was the veteran Labour bruiser Jim Callaghan.

1 comment:

  1. I just watched this programme, on my neighbour's TV as I do not possess one ( either too poor or too mean to pay the licence fee or too busy blogging ) and found it very interesting. My hair was not dissimilar in the late 70's and has the same 70's tendency still, and I am lucky to still have it all although the colour seems to have washed out - I am heading back to black and white from colour.