In reply to Don’t make me laugh, Star letter, October 24, this letter was written in response to a letter of mine which included the statement “Margaret Thatcher saved the world”, which I anticipated might prove provocative to some. I am asked to justify the remark, which, I believe, makes only minimal use of poetic licence and am happy to oblige.
Remember the demise of British Leyland due to the antics of Red Robbo? Remember the three-day week and the lights going out? Remember the interminable strikes and the rubbish piling up in the streets? Remember the Winter of Discontent? Remember the UK being internationally described as the sick man of Europe?
Margaret Thatcher put a stop to all that nonsense. She brought the militant trade unions under control and we now have probably the best industrial relations we’ve ever had. Strikes are now a rarity not the norm. She restored effective democratic government and saved the country from descending into total anarchy.
Internationally she played a significant role in ending the Cold War.
She made a historic visit to Moscow for talks with Mikhail Gorbachev and addressed the Russian people. She brought together Reagan and Gorbachev for their Reykjavik Summit which resulted in the nuclear weapons reduction agreement. She maintained close contact with them both and brought Gorbachev and his wife Raisa to London for a successful visit. Nobody could have done more.
A further point, in a recent letter, Terry Palmer lamented the weak response of western leaders to the bully-boy tactics of Putin. You can be sure that there would be no such problem if the great lady were still to be our Prime Minister.