As to recent history, from 1979 onwards, right-wing policies have dominated from Thatcherism, Majorism
, Blairism to Brownism.
On Marcos's psychology: Henck finds a 'not inconsiderable ego' (p.227)--the 'Sub' reduced to a Majorism
But he also carries the taint of failed Majorism
and is not exactly famous for his warmth and popular touch.
At the heart of the comment lay, however, one of the most important reasons for the Tories woes, as Thatcherism waxed and waned and Majorism
lurched from crisis to crisis.
Politics, not ideas, had been Major's game before he became prime minister, and once in Number 10 he rather hacked off attempts to define "Majorism
" or come up with a "big idea"--neither the ill-fated "back to basics" theme nor the Citizen's Charter program had much purchase in this respect.
Who now remembers Majorism
, the political philosophy of ex-PM John Major?
They have not learned the lesson of their total wipe-out at the general election - namely, that the bulk of their support came from decent Unionists finally repelled by the unfairness and anti- Scottishness of Thatcherism and Majorism
"The election result represents a massive rejection of Thatcherism and its stepchild, Majorism
. What is amazing is that, at precisely the moment when the people are rejecting Thatcherism, Blair and his people are embracing it," says Benn.
(1) To forestall misunderstanding, I do not attempt a full scale `audit of Thatcherism' (or of Majorism
) for which see for example Bean and Symons (1989) and Layard and Nickell (1989).