Primary source analysis, modern Britain.
What does this primary source tell us about Margaret Thatcher’s understanding of social class and how useful is it for historians of modern Britain? The primary source is a transcript of a TV interview of Margaret Thatcher by David Kemp for the program “World in Action”. The interview was broadcasted on Monday 3. February 1975 and was her last public statement before the election. Quotations was later published by the Sunday Times on 2. February 1976. The primary source focuses on social class and on Thatchers point of view in this matter. Margaret Thatcher believes that every ordinary person shouldn’t be labeled by their social class but rather on their contributions to the society. Everyone makes different kinds of contributions and they all matter. She also believes that everybody with a good attitude towards life has the opportunity to improve themselves. That everybody is able to help themselves and their children to make a use of their talent and develop it as much as possible. She also uses herself as an example in which it is possible to achieve something big despite the fact that she went to an ordinary state school and without any privileges she worked her way to the top with just hard work and a supportive family. The possibility of doing whatever you like is achievable regardless of which class you were born in to. It is clear that the british society is taking a turn away from the former class society, because it is has such a great importance throughout the interview. In the interview she is clear on the fact that the Conservative Party is not a class party and that they don’t favor the upper-class. Political interviews is always about promoting the Party’s political standpoint and this interview was done right before the election so it was of course important to Thatcher to express what she thought was important. It is possible that she’s exaggerating her beliefs and are telling people what...
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