Margaret Thatcher: A Legacy of Revolution

Thatcher radically transformed her country in ways that rank her with Churchill as this century's greatest Prime Minister

Before she became Prime Minister in 1979 and for several years after, Margaret Thatcher's great concern was that decades of decline under omnipresent and meddlesome government might have destroyed the British people's initiative. Her passionate belief, she said, was that "free enterprise and competition are the engines of prosperity." But she feared that even if her Conservative ( government got rid of central planning, high taxation and other obstacles to economic growth, there might be no upsurge in response. "Supposing I put the ball at their feet, and they don't kick it?" she mused. "That was the nightmare."

The kick came...

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