The 1980s was a polarised decade. Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative party enjoyed a series of election victories, and proved a radical break with the politics of the post-war period. Yet there was also significant opposition. Join Diarmaid Kelliher as he discusses the miners’ strike, the campaign against the homophobic Section 28, the poll tax protests and other acts of resistance. What does the shifting nature of protest over the period tell us about the 1980s? And perhaps more importantly, how does the politics of that pivotal decade continue to shape British society today?
Diarmaid Kelliher is an Urban Studies Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He is currently working on a book, Making Cultures of Solidarity: London and the 1984-5 miners’ strike, to be published by Routledge.