How Clinton and Blair reshaped politics
The unique thread that joins US and UK history is the subject of a new book by Anglia Ruskin University political historian Richard Carr.
Published by IB Tauris (a Bloomsbury imprint), March of the Moderates looks at the so-called Special Relationship between the UK and the US, which became slightly clammy during the Thatcher/Reagan years and went up a gear for the Clinton/Blair years of New Labour and New Deomcrats before becoming excruciatingly symbiotic in the Bush/Blair era post 9/11.
Dr Carr relates how the friendship of a common language and shared history, underpinned by American support in two world wars, morphed into a shared economic story as British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and US president Ronald Reagan rebooted the contract between citizen and state in the 1980s with much-reduced budgets for everything from education to welfare/benefit payments alongside much-reduced tax breaks for large corporations and individuals of wealth. This reboot put neoliberalism - pro-market, pro-Wall Street/City of London, pro-wealth, anti-tax - in the driving seat, leading to today's ultimate proponents, messrs (or messers, given their attempt to dismantle the rules-based international order) Trump and Johnson.