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The 1980s: the golden decade when everything was bigger, brasher and more extreme

She made no bones about how much she despised unions, socialism and, according to an interview she gave to Woman’s Own in 1987, society. She explicitly promoted capitalism. (I doubt that Hansard contains a single mention of that c-word by David Cameron.)

Oh, it was a golden era for satire. Where there was beige, the 1980s brought colour. Where there was pale ale, they brought fizz. And where there was certainty, they brought mutually assured destruction. The music was better in the 1970s, the world was safer in the 1990s and the trains ran more efficiently in the 1930s.

But the 1980s managed to be the best of times and the worst of times… all at the same time.

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