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Submitted by AWL on Fri, 13/01/2012 - 16:18

Radio 4's Women's Hour is always a liberal, middle-class women's thing, but it sometimes features interesting coverage. Its 13 January discussion on Margaret Thatcher showed the program at its worst, however.

It began well, with reports of women from former pit communities, involved in the 1984-5 strike, picketing showings of The Iron Lady, and interviews with some of them talking about how Thatcher represented only ruling class women (and, to a certain extent, not even them).

Bizarrely, it then launched into a discussion of the so-called "North-South divide", with the presenter joined by a former Labour and a former Tory MP to discuss this. There was absolutely no discussion of class, of how Thatcher attacked the working class, and particularly working-class women, in the interests of the ruling class, all over the country. Instead all these very prosperous women posed things in terms of North v South, in a very poor discussion.

Sacha Ismail

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