This is in response to some fabricated lies on notes from a small bedroom.
Pete, nice piece of misrepresentation there, as you well know It wasn't me that wrote the insult, it was devil's kitchen. Sort of sums up the honesty of your entire post.
As for Thatcher not being authoritarian, you are having a laugh. Apart from propping up dictatorships all over the world with her friend Reagan,'like some more tea MR Pinochet?' and the weird ignoring of intelligence of the Argentine invasion in the lead up to the Falklands war (was it engineered to win popularity? The riots and recessions in 1981-82 and the polls indicated she was heading for a massacre otherwise); Apart from all that, she did some very nasty authoritarian things to this country, as follows;
I think the fact Thatcher abolished local government was pretty damn near as authoritarian as you can get, or doesn't that count?
Thatcher didn't like who the metropolitan councils elected cos they elected Labour so she scrapped the lot, GLC etc. Then take away all local govt powers and replace them with unelected QUANGOs. Then remove their revenue raising powers and tell them they can't even spend the money they do raise from things like council house sales to replace the housing stock (this is the reason we have our current housing crisis).
Thatcher centralised everything from Whitehall, it was ridiculous power crazy authoritarianism. Local govt democracy was decimated. No wonder turnout plummeted, it was pointless voting in local elections and people knew it.
What about the unprecedented number of guillotined bills pushed through parliament by the Tories, that led to laws like the Poll Tax? Funny how the Tory dominated house of lords failed to stop any of these things, they only come alive when Labour is in govt, they have opposed more Labour bills under this govt than all the Tory govts EVER in existence.
What about internment and shoot to kill policies in N. Ireland?
What about the ban on Sinn Fein speakers that made us the laughing stock of the world? And because the media dubbed soft spoken actors over Martin Mcguinness and Gerry Adams, it actually improved their media image.
What about politicising the civil service and abolishing the collection of statistics on wealth and income inequality?
What about the manipulation of unemployment statistics etc? 23 changes to how they were recorded, the Tories were famous for it.
What about Section 28?
Oh yeah, Mr Longrider, Thatcher was nice really, just a bit authoritarian with her party no-one else, YOU need a history lesson mate! Thatcher made our lives hell, taking away our freedoms left, right and centre! She made Blair look like a pussy!
It is this Labour government that has given us devolution for Scotland, Wales, London elected by PR, with more to come for local government.
David Miliband is looking at devolving power back to local authorities. We have freedom of information acts, extensive laws on gay rights, equalised age of consent, stopped discrimination in armed forces and abortion rights, transparency in party funding, independence for National Statistics (and yes they did restore the wealth and income stats), human rights act, better public services, poverty reduced (civil liberties are not just for the rich you know), ending race discrimination for public functions. etc. etc.
A lot of what you object to, has come about because of new technology. Are you telling me the Tories wouldn't make use of it? Remember it was the Tories who introduced CCTV. Think of how 9/11 has changed the global threat from terrorism. Are you telling me the Tories, that were more gung-ho about Iraq and George Bush and who introduced internment and shoot to kill for N.Ireland wouldn't have introduced new terror laws? Remember that more Labour MPs voted against Iraq than Tory MPs.
The Tories and Lib Dems would be at least as authoritarian as Labour and probably much much worse if they were in government, you only have to look at their past records. Ironically the Liberals even voted against PR (single transferable vote). It would have become law if they had supported it.