This can be only speculation.
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Certainly there is an impression that the Tories will "do something" about immigration - precisely what is totally unclear - and certainly the National Front performed abysmally. Fighting on a platform of compulsory repatriation for coloured immigrants, they contested seats out of and lost their deposit in every one, which cost the party pound 45, Their share of the vote was 0.
They did best in areas with high immigrant populations, South all, East London and Leicester, but even here no NF candidate attracted more than 2, votes. Overall, the result was good news if you believed in keeping grammar and public schools, if you traded in shares on the stock market, if you wanted your income tax reduced by a penny in the pound and preferred paying the same penny in indirect taxation instead.
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It was bad news if you believed in comprehensive education, believed in state spending to save your job, wanted an independent Scotland - the Scottish National Party lost nine seats out of eleven. The former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe lost his seat in North Devon, and is currently on trial at the Old Bailey for conspiracy and incitement to murder, a factor which must also have helped reduce Liberal vote. All this can be said with some certainty.
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As to the larger problems of inflation, Rhodesia, industrial relations, unemployment and Britain's declining place in the world, no one quite knows what Mrs Thatcher proposes as a cure, or if it will work. There are many sceptics. There is certain to be pain. Margaret Thatcher will be more cautious With Mrs Thatcher firmly installed at 10 Downing Street as the first woman prime minister of the Western world, there are many among her countrymen who have misgivings about where she will take her deteriorating country.
In an exclusive report from London, Ian Jack, well-known Sunday Times columnist tells a few home truths about the new prime minister's style of functioning. Mrs Thatcher and husband Denis wave to supporters - personal popularity below Callaghan's.
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Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn't like in the comments. When the Brighton bomb went off, just before 3am on October 12, , Margaret Thatcher was, characteristically, still working. Equally characteristically, one of the first things she did was to go across the hall to the typing room.
This was the face the world saw the next day: shocked but unshaken, resolute in crisis, determined to show by example the traditional virtues of British resilience and courage.
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