(Original post by Teaddict)
It's a poll. It doesn't ask every single member of the population. They seek to gain a representative figure. I.e. this 20,000 figure would be representative of Britain. - That is what polls aim to do.
So just because something was commissioned for the Telegraph it automatically means it will merely side with the Telegraph... what rubbish.
It was less serious though :P
Where would you place a working class family who would willing work in chicken slaughter factories to sustain a living? Pro or anti Thatcher?
Its only representative of those who took it,it would be pointless to assume it is representative of an entire population. Thats the whole problem with the reliability of poll's,so I don't think it can be used to prove right an assertion,or prove wrong.
Well thats the same criticism a Conservative would place against a poll which would place a Socialist Worker poll saying Clement Atlee was the most successful PM we have had.
The context of any source is central to its reliability,and its not exactly surprising a right leaning paper which is a supporter of Thatcher would have a poll geared to have the end results of its own ideology.
Yeah granted it was less serious,but 16th in a Great Briton poll doesn't really mean much.
Its not so much the willingness of a family to do a particular type of job under Thatcher,it is more the socio-economic environment in which such a job is the only thing possible. Workers in Bangladesh are willing to work in sweatshops,does that make them pro-capitalism? No it means the socio-economic situation dictates the only type of work available is that.
Willingness means nothing,Thatcher created the environment which wrecked the employment opportunities of an entire generation,broke up communities which still feel the effect today,and cemented the neo-liberal economic institutions which haven't just destroyed social mobility,but made a bigger gap between the rich and poor,but also the instability and wrecklessness which caused the Credit Crunch.