United Kingdom- 1979

Having taken following the resignation of Harold Wilson in 1976, Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan has had a turbulent first three years in office that has been defined by economic crises and trade union disputes, culminating in ‘The Winter of Discontent’ where a series of strikes brought the country to a stand still. Against this backdrop, the Conservatives, led by staunch monetarist Margaret Thatcher, hope to sweep back to power on the most right wing platform for government in decades. Will Thatcher become the first female head of government in the western world, or will Labour stage an unexpected comeback to cling onto power?

United Kingdom – 1979

15 thoughts on “United Kingdom- 1979

  1. If all works as it should, it should just be a matter of extracting the file and placing it in your scenario folder. Then it should appear on the list of scenarios when you start a new game.

  2. Good scenario. Out of interest, which other general elections do you plan on making, if any? To my knowledge, there has *never* been a 2001 scenario on any 270Soft game in the entire 15 or so years of its existence. This is understandable given its dullness but also a little surprising as it is pretty recent. A 2001 scenario would be quite easy if one had a 1997 scenario (which exists on older versions of PM4E) to base it on as the boundaries were exactly the same and the overall outcome was almost the same too. It’d be kind of fun to try and make it fun, as it were. Either playing as the Tories and cutting the Labour majority way down or forcing a hung parliament, or playing as Labour and increasing Labour’s majority to the 250 range (which is what some were predicting at the time).

  3. I have just made a start on a 1992 scenario, and after that I am going to give 1997 a go. I might also do 2005 after that, and I have a request to do a Churchill election (probably 1950/51). 2001 hadn’t really entered into my considerations, because, as you say, not much happened, but if I managed to get all of those scenarios out of the way, I’ll think about it, largely because that would mean that every election from 1979 would onwards would be available to play.

  4. I’ve already made a start on 1992, and there will be an official version for 2017, so I’m probably going to just leave it to the professionals on this one.

  5. I’m not going to attempt a long haul campaign like that, it would require a lot of effort to factor in all the changes that would be needed to accommodate having a game that lasts over the course of an entire parliament, particularly because some things, like leadership changes and the date of the election, for instance, are inflexible in a way they wouldn’t be in alternate 92-97. 1997 scenario afterward, though, and others can feel free to edit that or 1992 if your interested in that sort of campaign.

    Just to keep everyone in the loop, the current plan is to do 1992, which should appear in the next month or so, then followed by 1997, and probably 2005. Then, if I do another one, I will probably do 1950/51. I’m not sure if I will do anything before that though, seeing as before then you have a handful of two member constituencies, which the engine might not be able to handle properly. in that it wouldn’t be able to do the constituencies where members from separate parties were chosen. There is also the issue of party leaders and images at that time, which become progressively more difficult to find the further back you go.

  6. 1997 and 2005 are next on my list after 1992, 2001 is generally regarded as the most boring election in the post war era. I won’t rule out doing it altogether, but I wouldnt expect anything.

  7. Also the endorsements the Sun endorsed Labour everytime and the rest of Murdoch papers but I notice in 05 the Sun drifts Conservative without intervention.

  8. Yes Please Do a 2017,1997 and 1992 although i suggest you do 2017 after and before the election the polls that you may use to calculate the margins are moving a little bit. also the 1974 elections would be interesting

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