|The Saatchi and Saatchi generated creativity
which brought Margaret Thatcher to power
I’m old enough to remember many slurs that the Tory advertising machine has successfully painted.
In 1957 the machine asked Harold Macmillan to trot out the slogan “You’ve never had it so good”, and in 1979 it came up with a similar lie “Labour isn’t working”.
Advertising puffery (lies) both.
And prior to the 1983 General Election the Labour leader Michael Foot was vilified as an “extremist” by Margaret Thatcher .
Funny thing was that this last slur was delivered by the woman who as prime minister personally ordered our navy to sink a retreating Argentinian ship, condemning hundreds of sailors to a watery grave. Extremist?
And as we prepare for the current Labour leadership election involving “left winger” Jeremy Corbyn I am therefore ready for a similar shoddy attack by the Tories, accusing him of plotting to take Labour back to the “failed” policies of the 1970’s by wanting to restore the party’s historic commitment to the public ownership of industry.
Sad thing is that it is reported that leadership rivals Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall are reported to having said that “the veteran left-winger” was trying to “turn the clock back” after he hinted he wanted to re-instate Clause IV, which enshrined “common ownership of the means of production” in the party’s constitution.
What on earth is wrong with democratic ownership?
Is it “reactionary” and does it “cling to the past”, as Ms Kendall, another candidate, claims?
Is austerity working?