On the negative side there was…
- Support for apartheid.
- Scorched earth monetary policy – a vast proportion of what’s wrong with the world emerged in the 80s thanks to the Thatcher/Reagan axis of evil.
- Rampant financial deregulation – and we’re still suffering from this
- “We are being flooded!” – speech about immigration in 1979.
- Shoot-to-kill policy in Northern Ireland.
- Section 28
- The Falklands War. I don’t support Argentina’s invasion, but the relish with which Thatcher exploited it for her own political ends was vile.
- Massive increase in socio-economic inequality – an inevitable and wholly predictable result of her policies.
- Fatally undermined local democracy.
- Beginning of the end of the NHS.
- “Make a quick buck” privatisation of essential services… introducing the profit motive where it doesn’t belong and making life worse for the average person.
- Government contempt for a whole swathe of the workforce – social workers, teachers, NHS nurses, etc.
- “There is no such thing as society”
- Care In The Community
- Support for mass murderer, Augusto Pinochet.
- Ripping the heart out of local communities
- Treatment of striking workers
- Poll tax
- Staggering increase in youth homelessness
- Harking back to Victorian morality and constant use of the phrase “family values” from a government that included Cecil Parkinson, Alan Clark, David Mellor, Jeffrey Archer and Jonathon Aitkin
- Beginning of the end of the UK’s genuinely progressive social housing policies.
- Sheer, rampant viciousness.
On the positive side…
- Before entering politics was part of the team that developed soft-scoop ice-cream.
… but as much as I like ice-cream… well.