Soapbox 499 – John Tyrrell on Margaret Thatcher
In the Soapbox for the 99%, John Tyrrell writes:
Ed Miliband made a revealing statement in his effusive tribute to Margaret Thatcher whose policies shaped Cameron, Clegg and himself.
It’s certainly true of New Labour which took Thatcherism to new heights in privatisation and allowing market forces to reign supreme.
Why in all the tributes this is seen as “success” for Britain when all is falling about, as austerity dominates the proclaimed policies of all political parties, is hard to see. The only way it can be proclaimed so is through the perceptions of a ruling and wealthy elite who have used the ideology to feather their own nests. For the 1% it is a triumph maybe but for everyone else it spells disaster. So while the elite prepare for a now down-graded but still lavish funeral others are partying.
I am suggesting that while the lady may have gone her policies haven’t and for these reasons I won’t be joining in. Following reports of her death, the news clearly shows a hugely divided nation north/south where regions blighted by the end of manufacturing industry have fallen into decline with unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse – the Thatcher legacy.
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