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GUEST,Redhead BS:Thatcher's Legacy (31) RE: BS:Thatcher's Legacy 07 Apr 09


Mrs T. did in effect, what Babs Castle wanted to do in her proposed legislation 'In Place of Strife'. Maggie ended the culture of strikes at the drop of a hat and we ceased to be the sick man of Europe.

That said, power currupts and it did not end there! She became a very vengeful woman, destroying industries and communities away from the Tory heartlands. Mining, Steel all but perished while the city was deregulated. The peoples utilities (OUR assets) were sold off cheaply and we now pay the price to foreign owners! To her credit, she did not privatise the railways (some of the periferal businesses maybe). Her trusted aides Nicholas Ridley and her Willy (Whitelaw) may have presuaded her to hold off. Rail privatisation is down to that 'grey man' Major, trying to prove he could out-privatise Thatcher.

Pity the incoming Labour government in 1997 lacked the guts to bring the railways back under public ownership! The short franchises would have allowed this to happen without compensation. No wonder fares are so expensive with so many greedy profiteering fingers in the railway pie! End of rant.


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