In May 1983, in the wake of her victory in the Falklands, Mrs Thatcher won the second of her three general election victories. Liverpool, going not for the first or last time against the grain, elected a Labour council that vowed to be different. In an environment of mass unemployment in which Liverpool felt abandoned by an indifferent government, the council resolved to join others across the land in refusing to set a budget that would hurt the poorest. It was at first wildly popular, but the scene soon became set for a battle between the city and central government that would shape the future of Liverpool.
Published to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the 1983 election, Militant Liverpool: A City on the Edge sets out an even-handed assessment of events with oral testimonies from many of the key protagonists. Thirty years on, Liverpool has to some extent reinvented itself as a visitor destination, but it is again facing major spending cuts while its deep seated social problems remain. This book sheds new light on what is for some a dark period in the city’s past, best forgotten, while for others is a memory of the city that refused to lie down and die and a continuing inspiration.
Diane Frost is Lecturer at the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool.
Peter North is Reader in Alternative Economics at the University of Liverpool.
Acronyms and Abbreviations
1. Liverpool from World City to Basket Case
2. Liverpool Responds to the Crisis
3. The Election of 1983
4. Budget Crisis 1984
5. Budget Crisis 1985
6. Community and Conflict
8. The Legacy
April 30, 2013