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Notabilia: Maggie contro tutti, tutti contro Maggie. La Thatcher e la Gran Bretagna negli anni Ottanta

testo di Jacopo Bassi, traduzioni di Gianluca Canè

voci di Jacopo Bassi e Gianluca Canè
timeline ideata e realizzata da Serena BELTRAME nell’ambito dell’insegnamento Storia digitale tenuto da Deborah Paci presso Ca’ Foscari Università Venezia

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"THATCHER TANK" by Think Defence on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

“THATCHER TANK” by Think Defence on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Dub Syndicate featuring Dr Pablo, No Alternative (but to fight), in Pay it all back vol. 2, 1988

No alternative (but to fight)

The Police, Invisible Sun, in Ghost in the Machine, 1981
testo di Sting

Do unto others as they have done unto you
One, two, three, four, five, six
Oh oh oh oh oh ohI don’t want to spend the rest of my life
Looking at the barrel of an Armalite
I don’t want to spend the rest of my days
Keeping out of trouble like the soldiers say
I don’t want to spend my time in hell
Looking at the walls of a prison cell
I don’t ever want to play the part
Of a statistic on a government chart
There has to be an invisible sun
It gives its heat to everyone
There has to be an invisible sun
That gives us hope when the whole day’s done
It’s dark all day and it glows all night
Factory smoke and acetylene light
I face the day with me head caved in
Looking like something that the cat brought in
There has to be an invisible sun
It gives its heat to everyone
There has to be an invisible sun
That gives us hope when the whole day’s done
Police - Ghost in the machine
And they’re only going to change this place
By killing everybody in the human race
They would kill me for a cigarette
But I don’t even wanna die just yet
There has to be an invisible sun
It gives its heat to everyone
There has to be an invisible sun
That gives us hope when the whole day’s done
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

Elvis Costello, Shipbuilding, in Punch the Clock, 1983
testo di Elvis Costello, Clive Langer

Is it worth it
A new winter coat and shoes for the wife
And a bicycle on the boy’s birthday
It’s just a rumour that was spread around town
By the women and children
Soon we’ll be shipbuildingWell I ask you
The boy said ’dad they’re going to take me to task
but i’ll be back by Christmas’It’s just a rumour that was spread around town
Somebody said that someone got filled in
For saying that people get killed in
The result of this shipbuildingWith all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearlsIt’s just a rumour that was spread around town
A telegram or a picture postcard
Within weeks they’ll be re-opening the shipyards
And notifying the next of kin
Elvis Costello - Punch the Clock
Once again
It’s all we’re skilled in
We will be shipbuilding
with all the will in the world
diving for dear life
when we could be diving for pearls

Pink Floyd, Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert, in The Final Cut, 1983
testo di Roger Waters

“Oi, get your filthy hands off my desert!”
“What ’e say?” Brezhnev took Afghanistan.
Begin took Beirut.
Galtieri took the Union Jack.
And Maggie, over lunch one day,
Took a cruiser with all hands.
Apparently, to make him give it back
Pink Floyd - The Final Cut

Billy Bragg, Between the Wars, in Between the Wars, 1985
testo di Billy Bragg

I was a miner
I was a docker
I was a railway man
Between the wars
I raised a family
In times of austerity
With sweat at the foundry
Between the warsI paid the union and as times got harder
I looked to the government to help the working man
And they brought prosperity down at the armory
We’re arming for peace, me boys
Between the warsI kept the faith and I kept voting
Not for the iron fist but for the helping hand
For theirs is a land with a wall around it
And mine is a faith in my fellow man
Theirs is a land of hope and glory
Mine is the green field and the factory floor
Theirs are the skies all dark with bombers
And mine is the peace we know
Billy Bragg - Between the Wars
Between the wars
Call up the craftsmen
Bring me the draftsmen
Build me a path from cradle to grave
And I’ll give my consent
To any government
That does not deny a man a living wage

Bronsky Beat, Why?, in The age of Consent, 1984
testo di Steve Bronski, Jimmy Somerville, Larry Steinbachek

Contempt in your eyes
As I turn to kiss his lips
Broken I lie
All my feelings denied
Blood on your fist
Can you tell me why?
You in your false securities
Tear up my life
Condemning me
Name me an illness
Call me a sin
Never feel guilty
Never give in
Tell me why?
You and me together
Bronski Beat - The Age of Consent
Fighting for our love
Can you tell me why

Morrissey, Margaret on the Guillotine, in Viva Hate, 1988
testo di Steven Patrick Morrissey

The kind people
Have a wonderful dream
Margaret on the guillotine
Cause people like you
Make me feel so tired
When will you die?
When will you die?
When will you die?
When will you die?
When will you die?
And people like you
Make me feel so old inside
Please die
And kind people
Do not shelter this dream
Make it real
Make the dream real
Morrissey - Viva Hate
Make the dream real
Make it real
Make the dream real
Make it real

Bibliografia essenziale


  • BENN, Tony, The end of an era: diaries, 1980-90, London, Arrow, 1994.
  • CAMPBELL, Brian, McKEOWN, Laurence, O’HAGAN, Felim, Nor meekly serve my time: the H-block struggle, 1976-1981, Belfast, Beyond the Pale, 1994.
  • CLARKE, Peter, Speranza e gloria: l’Inghilterra nel XX secolo, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2000.
  • GUTHRIE, Hutton, Coal not dole: memories of the 1984/85 miner’s strike, Catrine, Stenlake Publishing, 2005.
  • HENNESSEY, Thomas, The Northern Ireland peace process: ending the troubles?, Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2000.
  • KAUFMANN, Eric P., The Orange Order: a contemporary Northen Irish history,Oxford-New York, Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • MARTINI, Emanuela (a cura di), British Renaissance: gioventù, amore e rabbia nel cinema inglese degli anni Ottanta, Torino-Milano, Torino Film Festival-Il Castoro, 2008.
  • RUSHDIE, Salman, Patrie immaginarie, Milano, A. Mondadori, 1994.
  • SALA, Roberto, Il conflitto delle Falkland/Malvinas: un’analisi sistemica, Milano, F. Angeli, 1996.
  • THATCHER, Margaret, Gli anni di Downing Street, Milano, Sperling & Kupfer, 1993.



Timeline: la carriera di Margaret Thatcher

a cura di Serena Beltrame



The 1981 Hunger Strikes

Un documentario sugli hunger strikers realizzato dalla rete irlandese RTÉ One.

Margaret Thatcher on Nationwide questioned over the Belgrano

Lo scontro televisivo tra Diana Gould e Margaret Thatcher.

The Battle for Orgreave

Il documentario The battle for Orgreave di Yvette Vanson.

Orgreave – 29th May 1984

Le immagini della “battaglia di Orgreave” del 29 maggio 1984, uno degli scontri più cruenti tra minatori e polizia.

Margaret Thatcher’s Anti-Gay Speech

Il passaggio del discorso di Margaret Thatcher– tenuto al Congresso annuale dei conservatori del 1987 – in cui il Primo ministro attaccò il sistema educativo e la comunità omosessuale.

Mates Condoms – Chemist (1987, UK)

Nel 1987 il lancio di una gamma di preservativi (e di una serie di spot per promuoverne l’utilizzo fra i giovani), creò scandalo e irritò i vertici del partito conservatore. Dietro la commercializzazione di questo prodotto – e della diffusione di questo spot – c’era l’imprenditore inglese Richard Branson.


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