I used to live in England briefly during Thatcher and worked with many British comics people through the 80s and it always amused me and sometimes confounded me how much she was hated by those who think government programs are a good idea. Thatcher dismantled a lot of socialist policies in Britain because they were bankrupting the place. I lived in the UK from 1976-1977 and I remember how it was before she came to power. She did a lot to improve things and this is what people who believe in statism hated about her. She proved the wrong and didn’t let them forget it.
If you look around you will find all kinds of hate against her today. As well as many praises.
Thatcher was able to turn around her country after Obama-like policies nearly destroyed it. It’s unfortunate but some people want to believe the big lie that big government works,. We’re seeing proof that it doesn’t right now but if course there are so many people who have deluded themselves and refuse to accept this fact. Reagan and Thatcher reversed the destruction caused by their predecessors and to this day they are trying to rewrite history to act like it very happened. They want the mess we live it now to be considered the “New Normal”. They did that in the 70s too. America was in serious decline. Cities were falling apart, crime was out of control, so was inflation and yet Thatcher and Reagan showed this can be reversed.
That is why I am not interested in the defeatist talk we’re hearing from many these days. I do think if we keep on this path we’re on it’s going to get really bad but things can change and eventually they will. Hopefully there will be those who get elected that can do what Reagan and Thatcher did.
(Yes, neither were perfect but then, who is?)