The old model of politics was smashed in the 1980s and a new one took shape in circumstances that are still debated today. Margaret Pope, who was Prime Minister David Lange's speechwriter and later his wife, writes an eyewitness account of the turbulent 1980s and the brilliant, elusive figure at their political centre.
AT THE TURNING POINT throws new light on the policy and personalities of the fourth Labour government. It describes the diplomatic struggles behind the government's adoption of a nuclear free policy and its breach with the United States. It examines the origins of Labour's revolutionary economic policy and the strain imposed by its adoption, and illuminates the increasingly bitter contest between Lange and his finance minister Roger Douglas.
The author recalls a government that was met with acclaim on its election in 1984. "The government took power with high hopes. It had many able, talented and well-meaning individuals in its ranks, yet it ended despised and discredited in 1990. After a quarter of a century there is still room for argument about what happened: why and how Labour took a radical turn to the right in government, why it did so well in its first term and so badly in its second, why the champions of the revolution turned on each other and what exactly they were fighting about…
This is how I saw it." AT THE TURNING POINT is an essential companion to David Lange's autobiography, My Life.
Margaret Pope writes an eyewitness account of the "turbulent 1980s and the brilliant, elusive figure at their political centre". She throws new light on the policy and personalitites of the fourth Labour government.