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The 'death of socialism'?

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 02 April 2012

On Start the Week Andrew Marr looks back at the political and cultural landscape of the last 20 years with the author Alwyn Turner. In 1992 Margaret Thatcher proclaimed 'the death of socialism' after the Conservative election victory, and Turner argues this moment led to a generation turning away from politics, putting their energy into culture. But Janet Daley believes that it wasn't John Major's victory but the fall of communism that demoralised and destabilised the left, and the lessons of 1989 are still to be learnt. In its defence, the Labour MP Tristram Hunt points to the long history of socialism and believes its death has been much exaggerated. And the political cartoonist Martin Rowson lampoons both left and right. In his latest book he updates Swift's Gulliver's Travels to the late 1990s, targeting the government of Tony Blair, media moguls and Europe.

Producer: Katy Hickman.


    Alwyn Turner is a writer.

    'Things Can Only Get Bitter: The Lost Generation of 1992' is available as an e-book.

    Alwyn Turner

    Janet Daley is a political columnist for the Sunday Telegraph.

    Janet Daley

    Tristram Hunt is the MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central.

    Tristram Hunt

    Martin Rowson is an illustrator, political cartoonist and comic artist.

    'Gulliver’s Travels' is published by Atlantic Books.

    Martin Rowson


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