Personal papers and notes from the 1980's reveal that the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher regarded 1980 as a "wasted year".
Briefing notes passed between Thatcher and her personal advisors show that, contrary to the public persona, the new Prime Minister harboured major doubts about the effectiveness of her leadership.
The PM was frustrated that she had not yet been able to start the large scale Council House Purchase scheme that would severely undermine local authorities' finances and weaken their ability to provide vital public services.
She was also "extremely disappointed" that no trade union had yet challenged her anti union legislation and had thus not given her the opportunity to flex police muscle against nationwide demonstrations.
But most upsetting of all was her cabinet's inability to introduce the poll tax and pilot it in Scotland. This would not take place until 1989 so she would have to wait another 9 years before being able to make an example of one of the provinces and cause widespread misery amongst the working classes.
Don't you just feel for her ?