A recent poll by MoneySavingExpert.com found that of the last 10 Prime Ministers in the UK Margaret Thatcher was voted as being the ‘best equipped’ to ‘knock Britain back into shape’ but what do you think?
Leaving aside the fact’s that she is now rather old and possibly suffering dementia, was Margaret Thatcher in her prime a ‘good’ prime minister?
Personally I think I am not really in the best position to comment fairly on her capabilities or otherwise. I was just a child when she was in power, so had no real comprehension of the good or bad she was doing to our country.
I do know this, I was inspired by her as a person (not knowing anything about politics). As a child she was a good role model for a young girl who wanted to be successful – she had it all money, power – everyone knew her (for good or bad). I looked up to this confident woman who was leading our country, I wanted to be like her.
When I was young money was tight, black-outs were common, we were cold in winter – and I’m only in my 30’s yet this sounds like a LONG time ago! But during the time Margaret Thatcher was in power financial burdens eased, changes to the UK power supply meant black-outs became less frequent and we could afford to having the heating on more in winter. So from a child’s eyes, she must be doing something right!?
Looking back now as an adult, I can understand why the Miners were enraged at her closing the pits, but at the same time I can see why this was necessary and important for the future of the UK’s economy – coal power was just not cutting it, we needed to use other energy sources. Much like the more recent fuss over the closure of so many of the UK’s manufacturing businesses (mainly Car manufacturing, especially the HUGE Rover crisis) I can see the difficulties on both sides, jobs lost, people struggling financially, but the businesses needed to close, those people were not going to get paid when the business was dead in the water, better to give them a possibility of obtaining other work than keep them hanging on flogging a dead horse. BUT – as I said at the beginning, I’m not really qualified to comment fairly, this is just how I see it – it was a no win situation with Rover, and it was a no-win situation with the Mines. She did what she thought was best. The same applies to privatisation of utilities and so forth, these decisions were made in the best interests of the Country. And while they had pitfalls overall I say look at where we are now, yeah things aren’t great but how many people have cold dark homes in winter? I don’t see any where near as many as there were when I was a child in the 1980’s.
On a personal note, when I was studying for my GCSE Law and doing a piece of coursework about the death penalty I wrote to a number of MP’s (by then John Major was in power) and the only one whose office replied was Margaret Thatcher’s; I was asking for their views on bringing back the death penalty (as I felt in some cases it is something we should use) and her office replied that she had campaigned for it’s return throughout her time in power – tbh this made me like her even more!
And the unions? Well, you will have to fill me in on that, was it just to do with the miners? How did strikes really help anybody – weren’t they just being a bit selfish? I’m looking forward to having that one explained, fairly and sensibly please!
I also think she was great for running such a tight ship on only 4 hours sleep per night – this woman gave her all to our country, whether people believe it or not, I think she was honestly trying to make our country a better place. As an adult now and witnessing the passage of several PM’s (Major through to Cameron) I think that all who have followed her have been lying, cheating. disgusting scum – did she have all these ‘scandals’ surrounding her ‘personal’ behaviour? NO. Did she defraud the taxpayer? Was she in back pocket of the US President? Okay, I don’t have the answers to these but given how much we hear about all the other abuses of power, I suspect I would have heard about it if she was as bad as this lot of idiot public school boys who wouldn’t know ‘real’ life if it bit them on the ass!?
A new film about the life and times of Margaret Thatcher is due out soon, Meryl Streep will be portraying the Iron Lady herself. I am looking forward to seeing it as it may give me a better insight into what I missed being so young when she was in power!
So, come on fill me in my slightly older, more aware peers…
What was soooo bad about this woman really? (and please I would like evidence not BS based on your ‘opinion’)
If she was ‘that’ bad, why did she get 60% of the vote out of 27,000 people in this poll?
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- Video: Surprisingly, new movie about Margaret Thatcher doesn’t look half bad (hotair.com)
- Cartoon: The Return of the Iron Lady (englishblog.com)
- Thatcher ‘considered staying on as Prime Minister’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Trailer For Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher Film Is Surprisingly Danceable [Video] (jezebel.com)
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- ‘The Iron Lady’ UK Trailer: Meryl Streep Is Margaret Thatcher (moviefone.com)
- Oh No! Margaret Thatcher’s Friends Are NOT Pleased With Meryl Streep’s Iron Lady Performance! (perezhilton.com)
- Lunch Break Video: See the new trailer of the great Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in Iron Lady (pinkbananaworld.com)
- The Gravestones for the Iron Lady and the Gipper Could Really Just Read….: (brothersjuddblog.com)
- Meryl Street is Margaret Thatcher in the new theatrical trailer for The Iron Lady (themodernallegory.com)
- DVD Review: The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher (blogcritics.org)
- John Major and Ed Balls top list of five Britons who kept UK out of euro (guardian.co.uk)
- Margaret Thatcher reimbursed for more than £500K in expenses by UK taxpayers (boingboing.net)