The British dream
[Re: Margaret Thatcher reversed our painful national decline, Tuesday]
I best remember the way Margaret Thatcher came to terms with the harsh realities of Britain’s economic position. The concept of Jerusalem achieved through shared labour and high taxes had proven to be an unworkable sham. Before her, Britain was forced to pay endless subsidies to failed businesses (mostly nationalised), and bully-boy unions threatened malevolence if workers did not affiliate with their outfits. Thatcher brought freedom to those who wanted to work for themselves and for their own families. We could contribute to wider society if we chose (it was not for the state to decide), and we could save for ourselves and for our children’s future prosperity. Of course, there was a high cost: many inefficient factories were closed, and there were few sufficient replacements. And sadly, today, the dreams of many people who prospered under Thatcher have turned to dust. It will take another charismatic figure to overcome the current calamity Britain faces – more of an Oliver Cromwell than an Iron Lady.
Thatcher’s significance was more than as the saviour of Britain at a specific time in history. She symbolised a set of ideals that can continue to serve us well: self reliance, hard work, determination, fiscal discipline, and aspiration.
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History will show that Margaret Thatcher was a friend of the working class. She encouraged aspiration and gave hope to talent.
Nick Clegg’s speech on Thatcher was weak and feeble. She would have eaten him for breakfast.
Attacks on Thatcher’s “lack of empathy” are just a way of saying she refused to apologise for doing the right thing.
Given that the EU rebate has provided £75bn to public coffers since Thatcher secured it, paying £10m for her funeral isn’t a bad deal.