People Like Us: Margaret Thatcher and Me

People Like Us: Margaret Thatcher and Me

by Caroline Slocok


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785902246
Publisher: Biteback Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Caroline Slocock was a civil servant for thirty years, becoming the chief executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission between 2002 and 2007, an NDPB which promoted equal opportunities between men and women; and then moved on to become chief executive of Refugee and Migrant Justice, a not for profit organisation providing legal advice to asylum seekers, between 2007 and 2010. She is the founder and director of the think tank Civil Exchange, where she uses her expertise and experience to help government and the third sector work more effectively together.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1 22 November 1990 1

Chapter 2 About me 5

Chapter 3 Meeting Margaret Thatcher 15

Chapter 4 Margaret Thatcher's No. 10 27

Chapter 5 A woman's voice 65

Chapter 6 Margaret Thatcher's court 81

Chapter 7 Margaret Thatcher and gay men 107

Chapter 8 Clothes 125

Chapter 9 Losing control: Nigel Lawson resigns 149

Chapter 10 Through the looking glass 173

Chapter 11 Hard work 199

Chapter 12 Relationships 209

Chapter 13 Under threat 231

Chapter 14 Sisterhood and motherhood 239

Chapter 15 Love and war 261

Chapter 16 Geoffrey Howe resigns 281

Chapter 17 On the slide 289

Chapter 18 Margaret Thatcher resigns 305

Chapter 19 Margaret Thatcher's final days at No. 10 315

Chapter 20 Conclusion: Girl Power or Twisted Sister? 327

No. 10 dramatis personae 337

Chronology 345

References 349

Index 361

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"As an insider's view of the final phase of Margaret Thatcher's extraordinary premiership, it would succeed on its own, but Caroline Slocock's account is much, much more than that. As the first woman to work as a civil service private secretary at No. 10, her observations illuminate the place of women at the top end of public service in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It is also deeply interesting on how to keep civil service impartiality in a No. 10 suffused with ideology. People Like Us is as rich in its human story as it is with the high politics. Historians will dip into People Like Us as if from a well."

Peter Hennessy

"She was no feminist but this book reveals that Margaret Thatcher was much more complex than her public persona would convey. Caroline Slocock's unique insight challenges us to reassess our first woman Prime Minister and reflect on the misogynistic way women in power and public life are still treated. Margaret Thatcher was no sister to me, but after reading this book I feel I can be a sister to her." Sam Smethers, chief executive, Fawcett Society

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