Winter of Discontent


Winter of Discontent
   The label applied to the series of industrial stoppages that occurred between late 1978 and early 1979 as the Callaghan Government endeavoured to impose a strict pay policy. The scenes of rubbish piled in the streets, the stories of hospitals having to operate a very basic service and of the dead being left unburied seriously harmed the image of the Government, damaging Labour’s claim that it could manage the trade unions more effectively than the Conservatives. During the Thatcher years, film of those scenes was frequently used to illustrate the alleged perils of electing another Labour administration.

Glossary of UK Government and Politics . 2013.

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