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The Winter of Discontent: Myth, Memory, and History

Tara Martin López


In the midst of the freezing winter of 1978-79, more than 2,000 strikes, infamously coined the “Winter of Discontent,” erupted across Britain as workers rejected the then Labour Government’s attempts to curtail wage increases with an incomes policy. Labour’s subsequent electoral defeat at the hands of the Conservative Party, under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher, ushered in an era of unprecedented political, economic, and social change for Britain.A potent social myth also quickly developed around the Winter of Discontent, one where “bloody-minded” and “greedy” workers brought down a sym ... More

Keywords: Winter of Discontent, Labour Party, strikes, Britain, Margaret Thatcher, women workers, black workers, Asian workers, counter-memory, myth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781781380291
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380291.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tara Martin López, author
Peninsula College