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By Patricia Holland

Patricia Holland deals a desirable learn of the ways that adjustments to public providers, and shifts within the thought of 'the public' less than Margaret Thatcher's 3 Conservative governments, have been mediated via radio and tv within the Nineteen Eighties.

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In fact, Goldring used Analysis to voice the very concerns which defined Thatcherism. And not only did she speak for Thatcher, she spoke like Thatcher. A didactic, impatient and morally certain woman, she spoke her mind and challenged the orthodoxies of the consensus politics of 10 27 November 1975: 4 July 1979: 20 January 1977: 25 October 1978. Myths of Origin: Public Service or Road to Serfdom? 35 the post-war period. For the small, elite audience of Analysis perhaps Mary Goldring was a surrogate Margaret Thatcher, hectoring her listeners about the awesome power of trade unions, the failure of state institutions and the fecklessness of the unemployed.

5 Their anticipation and optimism are tangible. But the NHS had ‘a difficult beginning’ as the title of a 60th-anniversary television programme made clear. In particular, it encountered opposition from many of those professionals already engaged in health care who were afraid of loosing their independence (NHS: A Difficult Beginning BBC2 5 July 2008). The British Medical Association (BMA), which represented most family doctors, was deeply opposed. ‘Let’s make sure your doctor does not become the state’s doctor; your servant not the Government’s servant,’ declared the BMA secretary, Dr Charles Hill.

Central control is desirable for practical reasons, but it is also ‘essential ethically, in order that one general policy may be maintained throughout the country and definite standards promulgated’ (Memorandum to Crawford Committee 1925). 2 The BBC’s status was underpinned by its funding by ‘the public’ themselves. Rather than government-controlled general taxation, its funds came directly from its users in the form of a licence fee, which would sustain not only the Corporation’s radio and later television output, 2 The quotation is from a Times Literary Supplement review of Reith’s book, Broadcast Over Britain 15 January 1925.

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