Margaret Thatcher

Whether you were for or against her Margaret Thatcher, she set all the debates that matter today in the public arena, whether in economics, social policy, politics, the law, the national culture or this country’s relations with the rest of the world.

The fact that she was Britain’s first and so far only woman major party leader, chosen entirely on merit, and then Britain’s first woman prime minister, were of course huge landmarks, so she was proof positive that personality matters in politics.

I am finding this very hard to write, if I write just about the good things she did I will get marked as a Thatcher right and if I write only about the bad I will to attacked the other side, and that’s not the point of this blog I am here report the fact not to push ideas

So lets try this I will pick two points in history one were Mrs Thatcher did something one were out come was positive and the other not so much,  and before you all start asking how can pass comment on something like this I was born in 1981, I liven thought it I am not just jumping on the band wagon

“Mrs  Thatcher was determined to preside over an increase in the number of homeowners, believing that there were too many council tenants. During the 1970s, many tenants had wanted to buy their homes, but councils resisted because they had an obligation to house the homeless. Lady Thatcher and her Environment Secretary, Michael Heseltine, legislated to compel councils to sell at a cut price to any tenant wanting to buy, and banned them from using the proceeds to build new homes. All of it went into reducing their debts  In 1979, there were also strict rules covering banks and building societies that stood in the way of first-time buyers.
Banks did not offer mortgages, and building societies were not allowed to hold savings accounts or borrow on the money markets.
The Thatcher government lifted these restrictions, allowing building societies to convert into banks, and banks to become mortgage lenders.
This set off a boom in house-buying which suddenly crashed in 1989, as families were plunged into negative equity.”

“Baroness Thatcher was no great believer in local democracy, despite being an alderman’s daughter. The biggest single transfer of power from local government to the centre in modern times was when she abolished the business rate, which used to be paid directly to local councils but since 1990 has gone to the Treasury. Her government was also the first to use the law to restrict council spending. Councillors in Liverpool and Lambeth who refused to comply were disqualified and personally surcharged.
Finally, Lady Thatcher decided to go for what seemed like the ultimate weapon. The Conservative manifesto for the 1987 general election included a promise to abolish the rates outright and introduce a new “community charge” tax, dubbed by opponents the “poll tax”. As councils set their poll-tax rates, there were disturbances across the country, culminating in a major riot in central London and else were  in May 1990. This contributed more than any other domestic policy to Lady Thatcher’s downfall that year.”

So you make up your mind, its not for me to say anything more, it up to you

If had done thank you for reading

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