It just goes to show what misinformation and the power of a controlled News service and Press can do.
Lets see now, the actual facts, rather than the rhetoric, and this is why they called it 10 years of misrule under Thatcher.
Fiscal policies were to be introduced by Thatcher which is based on boom and bust, for there to be a boom, there must be a bust, the bigger the bust the better off the rich will be afterwards.
The reality of the Steel works and the coal mines is that in the private sectors of industry at that time, workers were being paid more than they were in state run companies. Also every time a Conservative government came along, they did as they do now, call for cut cut cut in spending. This left state owned companies in a very poor state of repair, and of course efficiency could not be maintained because they did not have the modern machinery to produce things efficiently. This along with paying workers poorly, led to the strikes so that a decent living could be earned. Labour did try to improve this, but with the never ending Cons coming in, it was always going to be a game of catch-up
Along comes Maggie who couldn't give a crap about any manufacturing industry in this country, and just wanted easy money to make her look good. So she sells off the gold reserves, which helps pay for the tax cut she gives everyone, destroys nearly all manufacturing in this country. sells off every money making company the state has ever owned and deregulates the financial sector. Investors fall over themselves to buy up state run companies, to actually seeing a nice little wind fall for themselves, and they sure as hell got it.
North sea oil, Electricity companies, Gas Water. Even the French government gets in on the act buying out utility companies in the UK under guise of their own government backed companies like EDF.
As far as fiscal companies go, David Camerons father, a part of Maggies government, set up his own company to sell financial information to companies on how to avoid paying Income Tax, and made millions out of, which upon his death went to his siblings.
Maggie even put in place the current NHS set-up against all the advice given to her at that time, and now this government are trying to change it yet again. The only time Maggie backed down from a strike action and that was when she tried to go too far with the NHS, by wanting to sell off huge swathes of it.
To say that she misruled this country is an understatement, and this load of clowns in Government that tell us we need to tighten our belts, then pay for her funeral out of public funds is a disgrace. We have not paid for any Prime Ministers funeral since Winston Churchill and he deserved it, this woman did not. Nye Bevan and Clement Attlee, were given private funerals, and they both deserved better than she did.
Thank god for the Lib-Dems holding this gang of crooks in check, who even now would like to pull the wool over everyone's eyes. Pity Lib Dem and labour could not be trusted to stop a public funeral of this nature, just shows how far to one side all these parties have swung these days.
Quite a lot of Nero's we have in this country, right from the top down. They all fiddle whilst the rest of us burn.
Just a foot note and quite solid proof that Politicians in general are useless at fiscal matters, and that is for everyone to look at the Icelandic model and what they did after the financial crisis. That country has turned itself around, and not by tightening their belts, but actually helping the people of their country. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-2 ... rect-.html
As I said before get rid of the lot of em and put Michael D Higgins in there place.