pdm - lol. not surprised you're not a thatcherite. the black country did not do well. she had the first state funeral for a pm since churchill, and it was not approved by parliament. more non democracy.
tessboss - some and some. you have to have been here in the 80's. thatcher is a unique case when compared to just about every leader since victoria. i came to the uk in the early 80's and the atmosphere was one of totalitarianism.
for years there was open warfare between the unions and police force, which often behaved in an uncontrolled manner. racism in the police was rife and led to several very serious riots. anyone with dreadlocks or dark skin could expect random arrest and beatings from the police. the countries infrastructure from railways to social housing was sold lock stock and barrel to huge corporations and opportunists who have been bleeding the country dry ever since. she utterly destroyed british mining, manufacture and trade unionism and replaced them with a financial services industry which is now the most deregulated on the planet and is out of control. the entire process doubled unemployment to 3.5 million - around 10% of the workforce - and shattered countless communities and families, many of which are still picking up the pieces now.
she systematically subjugated the unions and working classes and sold the country to her rich buddies who eventually got so powerful they took her down in a matter of days.
i could go on and on about her dismissive attitudes about many wars and peoples suffering from ireland to south africa ...
since leaving office thatcher has presented herself as royalty, has been a prolific arms dealer and no doubt central to the equatorial guinea coup (to start a civil war, sell mummys arms and open the doors for exxon) for which her son mark was fined a measely half million bucks while anyone else would have and should have hung.
thankfully the western world has not had many leaders of her 'calibre'. she's certainly the biggest body blow the uk has had since ww2.
Last edited by janimal; 04/23/13 04:25 PM.