Some facts to remember about the Thatcher years
SHE was known as "the milk snatcher" for stopping free school milk for the over-elevens.
In 1979, Margaret Thatcher was elected Prime Minister. But her monetarist policies were privatisation, public spending cuts on a massive scale, creating unemployment in the heavy industries and public sector to lower inflation so profits could be made on the backs of workers losing their jobs, which is what happened through 18 years of right-wing Tory rule in Britain.
She created mass unemployment after her election poster said Labour Isn't Working, when there were 1,500,000 out of work. Well, neither were the 3,139,000 unemployed six years later.
In 1979, 14% of people lived below the 60% median income; on her departure it had risen to 22.2%. She also got rid of minimum wages and union power, so workers would have no say in how they were being treated, and making people grateful for work and therefore more unlikely to strike.
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She wanted to go back to the Victorian age and its so-called values, putting British people in fear of losing their jobs by making us insecure, rubbishing Labour and setting employed against unemployed, police against miners.
It's the same today – divide and rule, pitting striver against shirker.
But as she became increasingly unpopular, her cabinet, fearing an election defeat, forced her out. The damage, however, was already done.
These are facts we should never forget.