Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady

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26. TEN LESSONS

“We must never be prepared simply to accept the “received wisdom”
of those who claim to be wiser. Every one of us can make a differ-
ence. And by returning to our basic principles and beliefs, we can
find new ways to revivify our policies and to forge a brighter future
for ourselves and for our children.”

Lady Thatcher’s legacy is far reaching. She was the longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th century and so had 11½ years to get the job done. But what a job:
She took on the whole union movement, brought it back under the rule of law and gave it back to its members;
She transformed the nation’s view of the benefits of a market economy;
She privatized the commanding heights of the economy thus transforming their fortunes and starting a worldwide movement;
She taught us the need for monetary continence if we wish to enjoy low inflation;
She enfranchised millions of former local authority serfs through the right to buy public housing;
She made Brits walk tall again with a principled, firm and robust approach to foreign relations;

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • List of Acronyms ix
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Protocol xiii
  • Table of Contents xv
  • Preface 1
  • Introduction 11
  • 1- Childhood 17
  • 2- University 25
  • 3- Launching 35
  • 4- Elected 45
  • 5- Opposition I 53
  • 6- Education Secretary 63
  • 7- Reflections 71
  • 8- Leader 77
  • 9- Opposition II 83
  • 10- Power 89
  • 11- Liberating the Economy 93
  • 12- Privatizing the Commanding Heights 99
  • 13- Selling off Public Housing 107
  • 14- Going to War 113
  • 15- Beating the Miners 121
  • 16- Reforming the Unions 127
  • 17- Battling the I.R.a 131
  • 18- Befriending America 137
  • 19- Kicking Down the Wall 141
  • 20- Dealing with Brussels 147
  • 21- Resignation 155
  • 22- Retirement 165
  • 23- Family 173
  • 24- Men 181
  • 25- Her World 191
  • 26- Ten Lessons 197
  • Postscript- What Remains to Be Done 207
  • Appendix I- Table of Margaret Thatcher’s Elections* 209
  • Appendix II- General Election Results from 1945 -2005 210
  • Further Reading 211
  • Index 213
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