Margaret Thatcher: Prime Minister Indomitable

By Juliet S. Thompson; Wayne C. Thompson | Go to book overview

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House of Commons No-Confidence Debate

November 22, 1990

PRIME MINISTER THATCHER: I remind this House that under socialism, this country had come to such a pass that one of our most able and distinguished ambassadors felt compelled to write in a famous dispatch, a copy of which found its way into The Economist, the following words. He said: "We talk of ourselves without shame as being one of the less prosperous countries of Europe. The prognosis for the foreseeable future," he said in 1979, was "discouraging."

Conservative government has changed all that. Once again, Britain stands tall in the councils of Europe and of the world, and our policies have brought unparalleled prosperity to our citizens at home. Mr. Speaker, over the last decade. we have given power back to the people on an unprecedented scale. We have given back control to people over their own lives and over their livelihood, over the decisions that matter most to them and their families. We've done it by curbing the monopoly power of trade unions to control, even victimize, the individual worker. Labour would return to conflict, confrontation, and government by the consent of the TUC. We have done it by enabling families to own their homes, not least through the sale of one and a quarter million council houses. Labour opposed our new rents to mortgage initiative that will spread the benefits of ownership wider still.

And we have done it by giving people choice in public services. Which school is right for their children, which training course is best for the school- leaver, which doctor they choose to look after their health, and which hospital they want for their treatment. Labour are against spreading these

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