marin man wrote:
What a glowing legacy
Great she was
She just became a figure head for blame for the problems of the past
I MIGHT be argued (not be me) that the mass unemployment and collapse of British industry during the 1980s might have just been bad timing on her watch - the delayed results of previous mis-management and failure to adapt.
Not sure I've got much to argue with, there.
But I'd have to be in a VERY magnanimous mood to hear out that argument.
Personally, I can compartmentalise that.
I see where you're going, but I do think the country was where it was at the time, and there are some objective perspectives, where she / her government, did do some necessary things.
Unfortunately, as you lead onto, it wasn't necessarily the objective things that she / her government did, per se, that were so objectionable, but more the way they were done, the lack of balance, and the attitudes it fostered.
Because,as stated, it was the gloating, sermonising MANNER in which those devastating events were handled that did the most lasting damage. And sealed here reputation, in which she reveled.
But ALL the other needlessly punitive and vindictive policies that I mentioned (and many more that I've forgotten) were products of her own twisted, abhorrent view of society - A view that regarded those less fortunate as parasites to be punished, and which promoted boundless individualism, self-interest and greed as a holy doctrine.
That was the problem with her and her government - not necesarily many of the things they took on, that really had to be dealt with - but the attitiude and way it was done, with no apparent concept of those less well off, and the mindset it encouraged.
AND she regarded Mad Ronnie Reagan as a sensible man and a best buddy, FFS!
Well there is that, too.
I've always been divided on Thatcher. I never really bought into her politics, but damnit, she had balls.
I think she dealt with some necessary evils, and during a time that the country really needed change, but many didn't or couldn't accept that. But at the same time, she did some foolhardy, and in some cases callous and downright arrogant things. And as commented, she also (intentionally, or otherwise) encouraged an entire generation (and more, now, because it didn't just stop there) to be self-absorbed and focussed on simply bettering themselves, and who cares what happens to the rest of society.
On the other hand, she was a damned strong leader, and politics aside, a prime minister that many before, and after, could only wish to be as forthright.
And that, unfortunately, can't just be taken in isolation, but has to go in the round - her strength highlighted her weaknesses.