Monday, April 15, 2013

Rest in peace Margaret Thatcher....

Students in European History have been learning about the nationalization of industry under the post World War II prime minister, Clement Attlee.  In Great Britain, many industries were subsidized and propped up by the government in an effort to help the recovery from World War II.

This trend was no reversed until the start of Margaret Thatcher's time in office.  There had been warning signs of a languishing British economy, but Thatcher reversed prior policies and moved toward privatization and competition.

Still, she is revered and despised in Britain...hence the playing of a version of "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,"--the witch being Margaret Thatcher.   Free speech is allowed in Britain...but many see these criticisms as rude and disrespectful.