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This Sceptred Isle

Rivers of Blood, Europe, and the Yom Kippur War
In 1973 all the talk was of joining the European Community and what it would mean for Britain. Most people believed it was a purely commercial venture that would enhance opportunities for industry. Edward Heath wanted it to go much further than that.
The British people were Europeans only on paper.

The economic situation in Britain remained grave. In December Anthony Barber, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a three day week.

Noel Coward
Noel Coward
SIR NOEL PIERCE COWARD (1899-1973)

  • Born in Teddington
  • Started acting at the age of 15
  • Wrote his first play in 1920 and thereafter acted mostly in his own productions and films
  • Also wrote music Mad Dogs And Englishmen Go Out In The Midday Sun
  • Epitomised the witty, sophisticated man of the theatre

did you know?
In 1973, Richard Nixon is suspected of being guilty over the Watergate tapes and his trial begins


Margaret Thatcher's Views On Entering The Common Market In 1973
"The main political error was to overplay the advantages due to come from membership. As regards the Government itself, this tendency led ministers to adopt and excuse unsound policies. In order to "equip" British industry to meet the challenges of Europe, subsidies and intervention were said to be necessary...Still worse, loose monetary and fiscal policies were justified on the grounds that high levels of economic growth - of the order of five per cent or so - were now sustainable within the new European market of some 300 million people...The Downing Street Years."

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Chronology
1969 Extra troops sent to Ulster - start of present "Troubles"
Knox-Johnston, first non-stop single handed circumnavigation
1970 General Election. Edward Heath becomes Tory PM
1971 The Industrial Relations Act is passed
Decimal Currency introduced
1972 The Northern Irish Parliament is replaced by Westminster
1973 Britain joins the EEC
VAT is introduced
Yom Kippur War
1974 Labour win General Election. Harold Wilson once more PM
1975 British EEC Referendum
Sex Discrimination Act
1976 Harold Wilson resigns as leader of Labour Party. James Callaghan succeeds him as leader and PM
Race Relations Act
1977 Nationalisation of aircraft industry
1978 New pope is John Paul II
1979 Tories win General Election. Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first woman PM
1980 Zimbabwe (South Rhodesia) independence
1981 Nott Defence review


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