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Changing Images

January 24, 2011

British trade union communications under Thatcherism


Verzuh, Ron.  Changing Images: British trade union communications under Thatcherism (Toronto: Canadian Association of Labour Media, 1991).


This report is based on a three-month study of trade union communications in the United Kingdom conducted from May to July 1990.  Funding was provided by the Commonwealth Relations Trust, a London-based organization that sponsors a bursary each year for one Canadian trade unionist to study in the United Kingdom.

Sample chapter


Introduction – Thatcher attacks the “enemy within”

Sitting on the narrow wooden benches of the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Westminster, I look down at the gathered representatives in the British House of Commons.  Labour leader Neil Kinnock exudes confidence as he speaks out during the prime minister’s Thursday question period.  Across the table from him, displaying equal confidence and the bull-headed tenacity that has become her hallmark, is the Iron Lady of British politics, Margaret Thatcher.  She is only months away from resigning.


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