Why might BERA wish to thank Margaret Thatcher?
4 September 2017
What does BERA owe to Margaret Thatcher? It sounds like a weird pub quiz question, and may have an even weirder answer. When BERA’s inaugural conference met in Birmingham in April 1974, Thatcher had already lost her post as secretary of state for education and science amid the shambles of the general election, in which Edward Heath’s Conservative government famously asked who runs Britain and then found out that it didn’t. Yet Thatcher was ultimately responsible for the...