The Thatcher Crisis Years

1980s politics blog from TV historian Tony McMahon

The 1981 March for Jobs was hugely well attended with jobless walking for miles to London to make their point to Maggie. One of those on the dole and facing a bleak future was the former Mayor of Watford, Alan Bonney, who found himself at the age of 40 unable to get into the labour market. Furious, he joined the march and the Daily Star showed him at his political height and subsequent grim position in life. He died in 2009.

Alan Bonney as Mayor
Alan Bonney as Mayor
Unemployment was so high in the early 1980s that even the former mayor of Watford found himself on the dole and unable to find work
Alan Bonney on the march

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