If Margaret Thatcher hadn't battled the trade unions for control of this country.... well, take a look at France today...
Your point being?
My point being that in pre-Thatcher Britain, coal miners deliberately
went on strike at the height of the oil crisis and demanded a 40%
pay increase. We had no oil, we had no coal, so the lights went out across Britain -- rolling blackouts. (You might like to ask yourself what that
did for communities, hospitals and schools...)
After 1979, it was Margaret Thatcher who stopped this country from being damaged any further by spiteful and vindictive trade union leaders -- the kind of damage that we're seeing in France right now.
At least the French aren't apathetic. They've been presented with something they don't like and are doing something about it. Not that I agree with them.Doing
what? How does bringing the country to a standstill help France get out of its massive public sector debt?
For decades, the French people have been treated like spoiled children by a paternalistic government -- what Churchill called "the enfeebling tendencies of socialism". The problem for the French people is that economic reality has turned up at the front door and mummy and daddy can't make it go away.
As pointed out previously, apathy appears to be the British disease. My take is that it's one of the legacies of Thatcherism - that ordinary people no longer feel that what they think matters. That it took a radical shift right for labour to get in - that it doesn't make a lot of difference who you vote for as all politicians are self-serving and the policies they represent are pretty much the same.
I kind of agree with you, but not about the apathy. I think that the legacy of Thatcher is that (unlike the French), we have a population who no longer look to our politicians as parents who'll improve our lives for us. Instead, we have people who get off their arses and improve things by themselves; people like Richard Branson, Alan Sugar, Duncan Bannatyne, Anita Roddick, et al.
And we still have Bob Crowe...
I wouldn't mind having him as my Union leader; £40 k a year, 9 weeks holiday a year (+bank holidays) 32 hour , 4 day week, final salary pension... All for pushing a red button every 30 seconds.