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MSE News: Margaret Thatcher 'leader to knock Britain into shape'

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Budgeting & Bank Accounts
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Budgeting & Bank Accounts
This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

"Thatcher has been voted the Prime Minister best equipped to lead Britain in 2011 by a poll of MoneySavers ..."


  • JC_DerbyJC_Derby Forumite
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    yeah just what we could do with.
    National strikes, race riots, pointless wars....oh wait:mad:
  • mattytunmattytun Forumite
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    Can't sleep, quit counting sheep and talk directly to the shepherd :cool:
  • edited 18 November 2011 at 12:25PM
    tagq2tagq2 Forumite
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    edited 18 November 2011 at 12:25PM
    In a poll of
      , people voted
    [the game changer] plus [two recent names] as most able to do [something].

    Do we have an age distribution for site visitors? Some polls suggest we have quite a lot of people in their late 20s/early 30s, fitting the nostalgia filter rule quite well: things were always best just before you became aware of them and have been going down since.

    In other news, Stalin knocked the Russian economy into shape; Mussolini the Italian; Franco the Spanish. Tomorrow belongs to...
  • VfM4meplseVfM4meplse
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    Let's be fair, how many of those polled actually remember politics pre 1970s?

    Margaret Thatcher was the obvious choice as she is still known as the Iron Lady. Anyone who lived through her leadership will remember times of cruel poverty and a cabinet that quaked in their boots. Besides which, after her ill-health over the past few years she's not fit to govern a damn thing, if she ever was. I'm surprised at people's rose-tinted memory of her...!

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  • dzug1dzug1 Forumite
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    Well I suppose if you define knocking Britain into shape as making the poor poorer and the rich richer then maybe

    She had a very narrow view of 'Britain' which I suspect was confined to certain parts of England anyway
  • aptapt Forumite
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    If you wanted a leader who could take Britain into a second recession Thatcher's already done that and got the t-shirt.
  • FairzoFairzo Forumite
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    Hell fire, how soon people forget or ignore how others were affected - if they were around at the time at all.

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  • AzariAzari Forumite
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    This is a classic example of a self selecting sample.

    The type of person who believes that the myriad interrelated problems we face, many of them based on factors originating outside this country can be solved by someone 'knocking the country into shape' are likely to take a similarly naive and simplistic view of the type of person required to do it.

    People with a deeper and more realistic appreciation of the problems involved are unlikely to vote for anything so unrealistic.
    There are two types of people in the world: Those that can extrapolate information.
  • edited 18 November 2011 at 1:21PM
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    edited 18 November 2011 at 1:21PM
    I'm surprised at people's rose-tinted memory of her...!

    You cannot ignore the fact that she turned around this country from being virtually bankrupt and close to being reclassified as the first developed economy to be reclassifed as third world into something that we could be proud of. The later years were not as successful and errors made but she was certainly the right person for the job at the right time. Just held on too long. Very tough decisions needed to be made and she made them. Not the fudging and pandering and useless compromises that have been made since.
    I am an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA). The comments I make are just my opinion and are for discussion purposes only. They are not financial advice and you should not treat them as such. If you feel an area discussed may be relevant to you, then please seek advice from an Independent Financial Adviser local to you.
  • It's thanks to the policies she started in the 80 and continued by successive governments of all colours that we're in this bloody mess now!
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