Mark Leftly: Margaret Thatcher's foe got it right on Canary Wharf
Outlook Love her, loathe her, or just plain sick of hearing about her, the death of Margaret Thatcher should have at least focused the spotlight on one of her greatest enemies this week: Lord Heseltine.
One of the flaws in Baroness Thatcher's reforms of outdated industries like coal was that her thinking failed to address what would happen to workers once they had lost the only jobs they had known all their lives.
These workers felt emasculated (they were almost all men), struggled to find other jobs, and were left embittered to the extent that some of them, 30 years on, think that it is acceptable to celebrate an old woman's sad physical decline and death.
Lord Heseltine may still be something of a traitor to Baroness Thatcher's dearest remaining friends and supporters, but he at least identified a way of dealing with some of the nastier consequences of tough monetarist policy and the free market.
It was Lord Heseltine who pressed for urban development corporations in the 1980s, setting them up to boost a badly neglected area of east London and the Merseyside docks.
Their record was mixed, but Lord Heseltine was rightly convinced that great swathes of the country should not be left to rot.
The success of Canary Wharf, while not loved by all of the residents of nearby Poplar and Isle of Dogs, shows that he was, on this one, surely correct.
- 1 Cyclist in Russia narrowly misses being hit by car and lorry
- 2 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 3 What are your fingerprint words?
- 4 Gary Lineker involved in Twitter row after presenter rubbishes claims he will be warned by BBC over foul-mouthed tweets
- 5 Pink Floyd new album: Band unveil cover art for first record in 20 years
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Labour Party conference: Ed Balls to set out plan to freeze child benefit to balance books
iJobs Money & Business
£65000 Per Annum Benefits + bonus: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: If you are...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 ...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40000: SThree: As a Recruitment Consultant, y...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree Group have been well e...