The Thatcher Crisis Years

An era of protest and fury

This is a T-shirt from the 1982 People’s March to London that saw thousands of young people converge on the capital to make the point that all over Britain – but particularly in the north – teenagers were out of work with no hope and no future. That outstretched hand sums up the desperation many were starting to feel. I lived near Toxteth in Liverpool in 1984 when 90% of those aged between 16 and 25 were out of work. Grim times indeed.

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