County Hall on the South Bank in London is now a hotel, aquarium, some kind of horror show, a Japanese restaurant and a McDonalds – oh, and a ticket office for the London Eye. It was once the city hall for London where the Greater London Council was based.
Back in the early 1980s, it was led by a much younger Ken Livingstone. And his ruse – to shame Thatcher – was to plaster the current unemployment figure across the top of the building. As it pretty much faced on to the Houses of Parliament, on the river bank opposite, she couldn’t exactly miss it.
But Thatcher did get her revenge – by abolishing the GLC.