NEW EBOOK - Inside the Tank: A Personal View from Inside Prime Minister Thatcher's Policy Unit
"Few people, even Whitehall insiders, really know how Margaret
Thatcher's Policy Unit worked and how it made her so effective in
getting her will to prevail. “Inside the Tank” is a first hand account
of how Mrs Thatcher made decisions and how she took advice, particularly
on controversial issues where vested interests were pulling in
Written by a former member of the Unit, seconded in 1986 from the
executive board of an international conglomerate, Consolidated Gold
Fields, the many similarities between the issues and conflicts in
business and government are striking.
George Guise had been responsible for the international development
of the Cons Gold Group working in South Africa, the USA and Australia
where he restructured the group's operations. He was "borrowed" in 1986
by HMG and immediately hit it off with MT, both having short patience
with delayers and nay sayers.
The areas upon which he advised were initially commercial,
especially nationalised industries, privatisation and the City of
London. This soon expanded to include science policy, in which both he
and MT had a deep personal interest, and eventually to South Africa
where he had extensive experience.
Inside the Tank focuses exclusively on matters where the writer had
direct personal involvement with Margaret Thatcher and does not
speculate or philosophise in the way of so many recent publications,
some by people who never even met her! "
Privatisation from 1986
Epilogue - Overview of Thatcher’s Style
About the Author
George Guise served as Margaret Thatcher’s adviser from 1986 to
1991. His advice covered key areas such as industry, privatisation and
science policy but also included the City, the Arts and South Africa.
Following the overthrow of MT in December 1990, he declined the new PM's
offer to remain at No 10 and spent several years advising foreign
countries, including South Africa, Venezuela, Poland, Hungary, the Czech
Republic and Turkey on electricity privatisation.This was often in
conjunction with National Grid or Deloitte & Touche Consulting on
whose London board he served. After leaving Downing Street he returned
to private business. Although now officially retired, he is an active
participant in debate about the way forward, both in the UK and in
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