When Margaret Thatcher was ousted from Downing Street in November 1990 it appeared that Britain had reached a crossroads. After eleven years of bitter social and economic conflict many believed that the decade to come would be more “caring”; others dared to hope that the more radical policies of her “revolution” might even be overturned. Across politics and culture there was an apparent yearning for something that the Iron Lady had famously dismissed: society. Yet the forces that had warred over the country during the 1980s were to ensure there would be no simple turning back of the clock. The “New Britain” to emerge under John Major and Tony Blair would be a contradiction: both economically unequal and culturally classless.