I have spent the day reading Andy Beckett’s very lively analysis of the early 1980s, Promised You a Miracle UK80-82, my Christmas present from Otto. I find it odd to read an analysis of a period I lived through. Some of it is familiar: Chariots of Fire; the success of Brideshead Revisited; Greenham Common; the Royal Wedding; the Sloane Ranger Handbook; the New Romantics; the rise of individualism; the Right to Buy; the invasion of the Falklands. But I don’t remember anyone being especially worried about the threat of nuclear war. What I remember most vividly was sitting in south London watching the 1979 election and two friends describing, extremely cogently and much to my surprise, why they hoped that Thatcher would win.