• Martin Harrop


In the press, this was Mrs Thatcher’s election. Not just because 7 out of 11 national daily newspapers supported her re-election; that was predictable and the endorsements were less fulsome than in 1983. The Prime Minister’s triumph lay in the way her government’s Industrial Relations Act had been exploited by newspaper proprietors since the last election to bring about a revolution in the production and distribution of their titles. In a perfect cameo of the enterprise culture, aggressive entrepreneurs had introduced new(ish) technology over the heads of reluctant trade unions. One immediate consequence was that by the time of the election most national papers had firm plans to move out of Fleet Street if indeed they had not already done so. It was the end of the Street.1


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