Originally Posted by Mooseketeer
I didn't really mean her physical attributes , I meant she had all the worse traits of men such being aggressive without any of the good bits. She used to make strong men quake in their boots and ruled by fear.
Britain is still reeling from her "achievements", she and her government destroyed the mining industry, shipbuilding industry, public services and the economy went so badly wrong, interest rates hit the roof( in the mid 80s). It went up to 15% or thereabouts and hundreds of thousands of homes had to be re-possessed by mortgage companies leaving people with nothing. She is also still proud to count as one of her dear friends ( her own word) Senor Pinochet so I can't say she will be missed by that many people when she finally goes to the great "dictatorland" in the sky.
In some parts of the UK ( especially the North, Scotland and Wales) she is seen as a human incarnation of the Devil !). People seem to admire her but it beats me why. Hard working and very bright yes definitely but possibly the worst politician the UK has ever seen in terms of negative impact on its people and the standards of living ( Blair has been pretty awful but at least he has tried to raise standards and correct over 20 years of the Tories - sadly it will take a lot of time). Not the kind of legacy I would really call positive.
I don't consider being aggressive one of a person's worst traits when they're trying to get a difficult job done. Sometimes passivity leads to, well, nothing being done.
I remember hearing the term "British disease" back in the '70s with regards to their ability to compete in the world's economic arena (ever own one of their cars?).
Did she and her party members singlehandely ruin the industries you mentioned? I wasn't there but I believe that in most cases business are ruined when you have a combination of bad management coupled with hidebound unions that can't see beyond the next paycheck and dues deduction. Were their industries truly competitive?
I remember the days of high interest rates too. We had Carter as President (not known to be an insensitive right winger).
I also remember, at that time, our heavy industrial areas in the midwest taking a beating, laying off many thousands, etc. I don't blame Jimmy for that. Both management and unions took a shortsighted view of preparing for a growing global economy, updating plants, adopting flexible work practices and so on.
I look around the world and where ever I see countries where the govt. has a firm grip on micromanaging the economy, I won't want to trade with my citizen counterparts.
Who knows, maybe Chavez has the magic formula to making Venezuela an example of a successful socialist workers paradise because the others haven't fared too well IMO.