Education: The Milk Snatcher

The London Sunday Express called her "the lady nobody loves," and the Sun declared: "She is the most unpopular woman in Britain." Edward Britten, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, has said that her policies are "producing chaos." To former Laborite Education Minister Edward Short, she is a "national disaster." In playgrounds, children taunt her for cutting off their free milk by chanting: "Mrs. Thatcher, milk snatcher!"

The target of these angry accusations is Margaret Thatcher, 46, a blue-eyed blonde who for nearly two years has served as Britain's Minister of Education. Some criticism of the Conservative Cabinet's only...

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