( CNN) There was a time in the 1980 s when I took a decision to be squalid. Four million people were unemployed across Britain, miners and factory worker were being told they were a part of biography, and a selfish form of right-wing politics exemplified by Margaret Thatcher had taken grasp of my country.

To smile it seemed, to my 16 -year-old self, was a form of collusion. To have fun was to collaborate with the antagonist. To enjoy myself seemed to be to cash in on capitalism and to feed on the hardship of those weaker than myself.

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