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Norman Tebbit

(b. Enfield, 29 Mar. 1931) British; Secretary of State for Employment 1981–3, Trade and Industry 1983–5, chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of ...

Norman Tebbit

Norman Tebbit (1931– )   Reference library

Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Quotations
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103 words

...0Norman Norman Tebbit 1931 –   British Conservative politician . On Tebbit: see foot I grew up in the Thirties with our unemployed father. He did not riot, he got on his bike and looked for work. speech, 15 October 1981 got on his bike looked for work The cricket test—which side do they cheer for?…Are you still looking back to where you came from or where you are? on the loyalties of Britain's immigrant population interview in Los Angeles Times , reported in Daily Telegraph 20 April 1990 cricket test cricket test which side do they cheer...

Norman Tebbit

Norman Tebbit (1931– )   Reference library

Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
113 words

...0Norman Norman Tebbit 1931 –   British Conservative politician . On Tebbit: see foot I grew up in the Thirties with our unemployed father. He did not riot, he got on his bike and looked for work. speech at Conservative Party Conference, 15 October 1981, in Daily Telegraph 16 October 1981 got on his bike looked for work The cricket test—which side do they cheer for?…Are you still looking back to where you came from or where you are? on the loyalties of Britain's immigrant population interview in Los Angeles Times , reported in Daily...

Norman Tebbit

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
103 words

...0Norman Norman Tebbit 1931 –   British Conservative politician I grew up in the Thirties with our unemployed father. He did not riot, he got on his bike and looked for work. speech at Conservative Party Conference, 15 October 1981, in Daily Telegraph 16 October 1981 got on his bike looked for work The cricket test—which side do they cheer for?…Are you still looking back to where you came from or where you are? on the loyalties of Britain's immigrant population interview in Los Angeles Times , reported in Daily Telegraph 20 April 1990 cricket ...

Norman Tebbit

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
189 words

...0Norman Norman Tebbit 1931 –   British Conservative politician . On Tebbit: see foot I grew up in the Thirties with our unemployed father. He did not riot, he got on his bike and looked for work. speech at Conservative Party Conference, 15 October 1981 got on his bike looked for work The cricket test—which side do they cheer for?…Are you still looking back to where you came from or where you are? on the loyalties of Britain's immigrant population interview in Los Angeles Times , reported in Daily Telegraph 20 April 1990 cricket test cricket...

Norman Tebbit

Norman Tebbit (1931)   Reference library

Brewer's Famous Quotations

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Quotation
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Quotations
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348 words

...Norman Tebbit later Lord Tebbit 1931 English Conservative politician [My father] did not riot. He got on his bike and looked for work. And he kept on looking till he found it. Having just been appointed British Employment Secretary, Tebbit addressed the Conservative Party Conference on 15 October 1981. He related how he had grown up in the 1930s when unemployment was all around and gave the above comment. This gave rise to the pejorative catchphrase ‘On your bike’ or ‘Get on your bike’ from the lips of Mr Tebbit's opponents, and gave a new twist to a...

Tebbit, Norman Beresford

Tebbit, Norman Beresford (29 Mar. 1931)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Political Biography (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Social sciences, Politics
Length:
521 words

..., Norman Beresford (b. Enfield , 29 Mar. 1931 ) British ; Secretary of State for Employment 1981–3 , Trade and Industry 1983–5 , chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1985–7 ; Baron (life peer) 1992 Norman Tebbit came from a working-class background and was employed as an airline pilot (and trade union official) before he became an MP. He expressed direct, even abrasive, right-wing views on immigration, Europe, capital punishment, and welfare shirkers. He articulated populist authoritarian attitudes....

Tebbit, Norman Beresford

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2021
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
Length:
524 words

...Tebbit, Norman Beresford (b. Enfield , 29 Mar. 1931 ) UK Secretary of State for Employment 1981–3 , Trade and Industry 1983–5 , Chairman of the Conservative Party 1985–7 Norman Tebbit came from a working-class background and was employed as an airline pilot (and trade union official) before he became an MP. He expressed direct, even abrasive, right-wing views on immigration, Europe, capital punishment, and welfare shirkers. He articulated populist authoritarian attitudes. For much of his political career he was very close to Mrs Thatcher . ...

Norman Tebbit 1931– 

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
47 words

...0Norman999 Norman Tebbit 1931–  It is not necessary that every time he rises he should give his famous imitation of a semi-house-trained polecat. of Norman Tebbit Michael Foot 1913 – 2010 British Labour politician speech in the House of Commons, 2 March 1978 semi -house-trained polecat semi-house-trained ...

Norman Tebbit

Norman Tebbit  

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(b. Enfield, 29 Mar. 1931)British; Secretary of State for Employment 1981–3, Trade and Industry 1983–5, chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1985–7; Baron (life ...
bike!, on your

bike!, on your  

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Go away! Take action! Used as an expression of annoyance, or to urge someone to do something; in this sense, it became a 1980s catchphrase in Britain, used as an exhortation to the unemployed to look ...
Michael Foot

Michael Foot  

(b. 23 July 1913).British Labour leader 1980–3 Born in Plymouth, he was initially a Liberal, but joined the Labour Party after working in Liverpool's poverty‐stricken areas whilst at Wadham College, ...
Bike

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

...On your bike! Go away! Clear off! The phrase dates from the 1960s but later gained the implication that one should go and look for work. This sense was popularized in a speech at the Conservative Party Conference in 1981 by Norman Tebbit , then Employment Secretary, when he said that his father had not rioted in the 1930s when unemployed but ‘got on his bike and looked for work’. Mountain bike See under mountain...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
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104 words

... 🅘 Sense 2 became a catchphrase in 1980s Britain, when it was used as an exhortation to the unemployed to show initiative in their attempt to find work. It was taken from a speech by the Conservative politician Norman Tebbit in which he said of his unemployed father: ‘He did not riot, he got on his bike and looked for ...

Duncan Smith, (G.) Iain

Duncan Smith, (G.) Iain (b. 1954)   Reference library

J. A. Cannon and Robert Crowcroft

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
149 words

...Smith, (G.) Iain ( b. 1954 ) . Politician. Heavy election defeats in 1997 and 2001 made for rapid promotion for some Conservative MPs. After seven years in the Scots Guards ( 1975–81 ), Duncan Smith moved into industry before election for Chingford as successor to Norman Tebbit in 1992 . In 1997 he became opposition spokesman for social security and in 1999 for defence. On the right of the party, he was a strong opponent of further EEC integration. On the resignation of William Hague in 2001 , he defeated Michael Ancram , Kenneth Clarke , ...

multicultural citizenship

multicultural citizenship   Reference library

The New Oxford Companion to Law

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Law
Length:
486 words

...distinct cultural identities. Efforts to promote ‘Britishness’ include endless debates on British values and what it means to be British— debates which have thus far proved fruitless, a citizenship test based upon specifically ‘English’ questions which has been likened to Norman Tebbit's infamous ‘cricket test’, and an emphasis upon citizenship within the national curriculum. In reality then, the ideological underpinnings of multicultural citizenship as a means of strengthening citizen loyalty through the accommodation and facilitation of cultural identity...

theatre-in-education

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Brian Woolland

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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490 words

...with Theatre Centre in 1982 , focused on the first meeting of two people from either side of an impenetrable wall and aimed to examine issues around conflict resolution. When initially performed it created a storm of controversy: a senior Conservative government minister ( Norman Tebbit ) condemned the play and the company without having seen it or read it. In spite of his intervention there have been numerous subsequent productions of the play. At that time many regional theatres had an associated TIE company, with funding from a variety of sources. Some...

Thatcher, Margaret

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The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Social sciences, Politics
Length:
1,372 words

...executive (the cabinet) she was less an advocate for the team than a figure apart, forcefully presenting her own views. There was some irony in that her cabinets contained few true Thatcherites. Some of her close allies, notably Nigel Lawson , chancellor of the exchequer, Norman Tebbit , party chair, and Nicholas Ridley , secretary of state for trade and industry, all left in stormy circumstances. In November 1990 Sir Geoffrey Howe suddenly resigned. Sir Geoffrey was the only other member, apart from Margaret Thatcher herself, to have survived from the...

Thatcher, Margaret

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Dennis Kavanagh

The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics

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Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Social sciences, Politics
Length:
1,376 words

...executive (the cabinet) she was less an advocate for the team than a figure apart, forcefully presenting her own views. There was some irony in that her cabinets contained few true Thatcherites. Some of her close allies, notably Nigel Lawson, chancellor of the exchequer; Norman Tebbit, party chair; and Nicholas Ridley, secretary of state for trade and industry, all left in stormy circumstances. In November 1990 Sir Geoffrey Howe suddenly resigned. Howe was the only other member, apart from Thatcher herself, to have survived from the first government in ...

Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies

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Christopher Hill

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis

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Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Social sciences, Politics
Length:
9,919 words

...that point—an implication immediately rebutted by community leaders ( Reuters, 2016 ). Loyalty tests are always an incendiary issue within states, especially as they only tend to arise at times of general insecurity ( Hill, 2013 , pp. 159–182). The Conserva-tive politician Norman Tebbit attracted both odium and ridicule in 1990 for suggesting that British Asians should pass the “cricket test”—that is, of supporting England in matches against India or Pakistan: “Are you still harking back to where you came from or where you are?” he had asked in the...

Norman

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2011

... . A male forename that is supposedly characteristic of a dull and typically bourgeois or even petit bourgeois person. An evocation of ‘normal’ is strong, and ‘Norman Normal’ is a nickname dating from the 1960s for a notably conventional or conformist person. Bucking the trend are the outsized personalities of Norman Tebbit , the Chingford Skinhead , and Stormin' Norman ...

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