‘Your problems will be our problems and when you look for friends, we will be there’

  • Robin Renwick


Callaghan’s visit to Guadeloupe did not help his reelection prospects. As Denis Healey recalls, pictures of the Prime Minister in the tropical sun did not improve the temper of ordinary men and women suffering from a series of major public sector strikes through a miserable winter. Exhausted by the battles within his party and with the unions, Callaghan had little confidence in a Labour victory. There were times, he noted, when there was a sea-change in politics — a shift in what the public wanted and what it approved of. He suspected that there was such a sea-change and that it was for Mrs Thatcher.1


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Notes and References

  1. 2.
    Margaret Thatcher, The Downing Street Years (HarperCollins, 1993) pp. 68–9.Google Scholar
  2. 6.
    Peter Carrington, Reflect on Things Past (William Collins, 1988) p. 344.Google Scholar

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