Margaret Thatcher's Legacy

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This is probably (almost certainly, in fact) a duplicate thread - but I thought I'd set it up anyway since I really don't have the inclination to trawl through 15 pages of a 6 month old thread

But anyway, what do you think about Margaret Thatcher's time in office? Was she one the greatest Prime Ministers or one of the worst? What is Thatcher's legacy?

I've seen quite a few Thatcherite's around here so this could be interesting!

I'll start by saying that I believe her to be one of the worst Prime Ministers this country has ever seen; socially repugnant and economically belligerent.

What about you?
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She gave Meryl Streep another Golden Globe.
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One of the best. She brought a broken country into the modern age.
I have a question for people who hate her: if her policies were all so terrible then why has no government since hers reversed them?
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She gave Meryl Streep another Golden Globe.
If I could, I'd so +rep you.

I genuinely think she's an admirable figure in a way, politics aside. She took crap from no-one and she always spoke her mind. People said we'd never have another PM like her and so far we certainly haven't.

I for one am glad we don't live in a country where everything is still nationalised.
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If I could, I'd so +rep you.

I genuinely think she's an admirable figure in a way, politics aside. She took crap from no-one and she always spoke her mind. People said we'd never have another PM like her and so far we certainly haven't.

I for one am glad we don't live in a country where everything is still nationalised.
Well then do it tomorrow.
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(Original post by clh_hilary)
Well then do it tomorrow.
You'll have to remind me
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(Original post by Inexorably)
You'll have to remind me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qzhngp7jh8
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Awful. She sold off this country for ridiculous prices, removed whole communities work and suckered in the votes through war rhetoric. Genuinely terrible. There are mining communities near me that are still a mess even now.

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Acknowledged as one of the best and most influential politicians of the 20 th century.

As ken Clarke described her legacy. ' She made Labour have to move to the right'
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The obvious problem to have with Thatcher is that her policies left entire areas unemployed. Fair enough.

But those policies absolutely needed to happen. It is sometimes forgotten just how much the ridiculously bloated, inefficient nationalised industries contributed towards the nation's contemporary mess. If you wanted to buy something, you had to put up with 20-30 per cent inflation, in no small part due to the trade unions. The government was wasting vast sums on running inefficient firms, and so tax was at 83 per cent. 83 PER CENT!

So to say her 'aims' were wrong, is, I think, madness. The problem people have is how she achieved them. Lefties don't like her attitude, and they don't like that industries were wiped out, taking many jobs down with them.

If somehow jobs had been found for all those people, I don't think many would complain about what Thatcher did. Which perhaps means that what she did was the right thing, done in a less than ideal way.

Nevertheless, a price was paid for carrying out policies that were essential. And it shouldn't be forgotten how much the trade unions and industries were actually ruining it for the rest.

Something needed to change, and she had the balls and the intelligence to change it.
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It's like marmite
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I think you have to consider what state the country was in to understand her rise to power. The Trade Unions just about brought down a Government she was a member in 1974, and she never wanted to see it happen again.
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Awful. She sold off this country for ridiculous prices, removed whole communities work and suckered in the votes through war rhetoric. Genuinely terrible. There are mining communities near me that are still a mess even now.

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May I ask how old you are?
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I'm not keen on her really - she was pretty awful.
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I'm not keen on her really - she was pretty awful.
How old we're you in 1990?
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How old we're you in 1990?
A year.
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A year.
So how at the age of 1 when she stepped down as PM can you make such statements.

By every measure of humanity, things have improved in the UK from. Before she was in power to after she was in power.
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You can not run a major country on personal "conviction". The old girl was clearly losing her marbles from the start.
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So how at the age of 1 when she stepped down as PM can you make such statements.

By every measure of humanity, things have improved in the UK from. Before she was in power to after she was in power.
This doesn't work. How can I judge Hitler if I wasn't 26 years old during the war? How can I judge Cicero when I wasn't alive in the Roman Republic? Clearly this is what history is for...
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Her legacy included the creation of the chav, the destruction of industries that could have continued I think for at least another ten years, the seeds of what became the 2008 financial crash, the housing shortage we now face.

The good things- being the first woman prime minister, nailing the lie that politics cannot change things, her insistence on being on time, the abolition of the dog licence, and the end of composite tax on savings.
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