Leo McKinstry

A Dying Creed

The Strange Death of Tory England

By

Allen Lane The Penguin Press 318pp £20 order from our bookshop

Margaret Thatcher had many remarkable achievements in her long career, but one of the more curious and far-reaching was her invention of ‘Mr Whippy’ ice cream. Before she embarked on politics she had worked as an industrial chemist for a food company, and it was in the research laboratory that she came up with the discovery. So the woman dubbed the ‘milk snatcher’ in the 1970s, because of her decision as Education Secretary to withdraw the automatic entitlement to free school milk, should really be celebrated for her pioneering contributions to the dairy industry and youthful happiness. Of course many Tory MPs of the Eighties, relishing the smack of firm government under her leadership, associated her with the word ‘whippy’ in a very different, far less innocent context.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • RT : A magnificent demolition job on this "acid laced tirade...unpleasantly self-obsessed...self pitying polemic...book… ,
    • 'Seventy years on, the time we have left to gather such first-hand testimony is running out.' John Keay on the sig… ,
    • The author 'seethes with contemptuous indignation at the shiny junk that an unregulated construction industry dumps… ,
    • 'The physical courage he demonstrated as a young man [...] gave way to intellectual power; radical thought, gifted… ,
    • 'While Jane Austen didn’t perhaps achieve the full recognition that she deserved in her lifetime, even then she out… ,
    • 'All I have is a voice To undo the folded lie, The romantic lie in the brain Of the sensual man-in-the-street And t… ,
    • 'You are interested in a particular subject; basic research hardens this interest into an obsession, after which th… ,