It’s been interesting reading the spiteful, vicious, hate filled letters written recently in response to a letter praising Margaret Thatcher. I felt I ought to comment by way of balance.
Firstly with reference to Bill Stewardson. I remind him that in the 70s striking was known in Europe as ‘the English Disease’ due mainly to the actions of the unions we all suffered under at that time.
We were also known as ‘the sick man of Europe’ due to the bankrupt state of the economy under a long period of Labour governance, (I don’t absolve Ted Heath of all responsibility either).
The strikes, the overmanning and the overt disloyalty of some union leaders, (eg Jack Jones), had contributed to the destruction of this country.
Margaret Thatcher was driven by a desire to get the country back on its feet and she eventually achieved it. She had a plan and made it clear. Most people understood this and elected her three times.
As for Osborne borrowing so much, well, he’s had to hasn’t he to clear up the mess.
At least he’s committed to getting us out of debt rather than further in it which appears to be the wish of the Labour party, (particularly J Corbyn).
Remember ‘Labour spends, the Tories mend’.
Decades have passed, (mostly under Labour), people have learned and the Tories are back in power.
Next a few comments about Alan Charlesworth’s letter. He criticises the anonymity of the letter praising Mrs Thatcher.
I didn’t write that letter but I can fully understand the writer’s wish to remain anonymous, having seen close up how nasty Labour supporters can be when they don’t get their own way, especially if it involves a bit of mob action against an individual.
I too will remain anonymous.
Mr Charlesworth claims that the country had loads of money in 1979.
No, it didn’t, it had loads of debts which we couldn’t afford to pay, hence Denis Healey going cap in hand to the IMF for a bail-out.
A bit like Greece today, that’s how bad it was.
He claims that Margaret Thatcher was driven by a desire to bring the working class to its knees.
This seems to be a very peculiar election strategy, particularly as large numbers of working class people voted for her.
Arthur Scargill didn’t make a mistake not having a ballot, it was quite deliberate as he was pretty sure he wouldn’t have got a mandate for the strike.
He was driven purely by his political desire to bring down a democratically elected government using an illegitimate strike to ruin the economy.
Remember who his friends were then? Russia and Libya. The poor miners were merely his cannon fodder.
Finally to the author of ‘your right wing views’. I’ve already mentioned Denis Healey and his trip to the IMF, but it’s worth pointing out that there is nearly always a rough patch following the end of a Labour administration as the new government has to try and sort things out.
Labour ALWAYS make a mess of the economy and unemployment is always higher at the end of a Labour government than the beginning and the reverse is almost always true for the Conservatives.
You are almost right about the Falklands, Peter Carrington did take his eye off the ball, considering the Argentinians no threat. They obviously were and he resigned as a result.
If only we could see more modern politicians, (of any colour), doing the same today.
Now, Gordon Brown the saviour of the universe, well, he had a big hand in creating the mess in the first place for all manner of reasons.
He removed just about every one of the controls governments had over banks and positively encouraged them to make as much profit as they could, (he needed the tax), he made a lot of other mistakes as well so let’s not praise him too highly.
Finally regarding keeping ‘unpopular right wing views to yourself’ – I suggest you look at the election result, look at a political map of England and go and sit somewhere quiet for a while and consider which views are unpopular.