Why would anyone have it in for Thatcher? Why indeed. I have recently examined several aspects of her record, demonstrating that her reputation as an unpolished defender of freedom, democracy, economic sense and the rule of law is an absurdist whitewash. In reality, she was a belligerent supporter of horrific dictatorships who restricted civil liberties, redistributed wealth to the rich, implemented insane economic reforms and undermined democracy.
In what follows, I revisit her record on civil liberties, and tackle two further myths: of Thatcher as environmentalist and of her popular mandate. I also tackle her terrible record on unemployment, on race and in Northern Ireland. Continue reading