God and Mrs Thatcher: The Battle For Britain's Soul by Eliza Filby

By Eliza Filby

a lady demonised by means of the left and sanctified by way of the perfect, there has continually been a non secular undercurrent to discussions of Margaret Thatcher. notwithstanding, whereas her Methodist roots are popular, the impression of her religion on her politics is usually missed. In an try and resource the origins of Margaret Thatcher's 'conviction politics', Eliza Filby explores how Thatcher's worldview used to be formed and guided via the teachings of piety, thrift and the Protestant paintings ethic learnt in Finkin road Methodist Church, Grantham, from her lay-preacher father. In doing so, she tells the tale of the way a first-rate Minister steeped within the Nonconformist teachings of her formative years entered Downing road decided to reinvigorate the country with those spiritual values. Filby concludes that this was once eventually a failed campaign. in spite of everything, Thatcher created a rustic that used to be no more Christian, yet extra secular; and no more religious, yet totally ate up by means of a brand new faith: capitalism. In upholding the sanctity of the person, Thatcherism inadvertently signalled the dying of Christian Britain. Drawing on formerly unpublished data, interviews and memoirs, Filby examines how the increase of Thatcher used to be echoed through the rebirth of the Christian correct in Britain, either one of that have been forcefully adverse through the Church of britain. Wide-ranging and exhaustively researched, God and Mrs Thatcher deals a very unique point of view at the resource and substance of Margaret Thatcher's political values and the position that faith performed within the politics of this tumultuous decade.

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