From the archive: Margaret Thatcher’s new Establishment, 1989

How the Iron Lady attempted to remodel the country along Marks & Spencer lines

For the Observer Magazine of 19 February 1989, Noel Malcolm assessed the cause and extent of Margaret Thatcher’s ingrained anti-Establishment zeal (‘Mine, All Mine! The British Establishment in Maggie’s Grasp’). Thatcher had been rapidly replacing the Establishment great and good with men – and it was always men – who were ‘one of us’.

‘And just as we all know what yuppies are but can never find anyone who calls himself a yuppie,’ he wrote, ‘so it has always been difficult to find anyone who would admit to being a member of the Establishment.’

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