Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:36 PM
alp227 (29,583 posts)
Margaret Thatcher's role in plan to dismantle welfare state revealed
Margaret Thatcher and her chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe were behind a politically toxic plan in 1982 to dismantle the welfare state, newly released Downing Street documents show. She later attempted to distance herself from the plans after what was described as a "riot" in her cabinet.
The proposals considered by her cabinet included compulsory charges for schooling and a massive scaling back of other public services. "This would of course mean the end of the National Health Service," declared a confidential cabinet memorandum by the Central Policy Review Staff in September 1982, released by the National Archives on Friday under the 30-year rule.
Nigel Lawson, then the energy secretary, said the report by the official thinktank on long-term public spending options caused "the nearest thing to a cabinet riot in the history of the Thatcher administration".
In her memoirs, Thatcher said: "I was horrified when I saw this paper. I pointed out that it would almost certainly be leaked and give a totally false impression … It was all a total nonsense," claiming the proposals were never seriously considered by her or her ministers.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/dec/28/margaret-thatcher-role-plan-to-dismantle-welfare-state-revealed
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Margaret Thatcher's role in plan to dismantle welfare state revealed (Original post)
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Response to indepat (Reply #1)
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:28 AM
Boomerproud (1,774 posts)
11. This is hardly a revelation.
After all, she and her American boyfriend were soulmates. I actually think Ronnie (at least the people around him) had more success and continue their quest to this day-with a LOT of help.
Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #4)
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:22 AM
ikri (1,127 posts)
12. "Not taken seriously" and "Discussed by the cabinet" are polar opposites
If the report made it to a full cabinet meeting then it would have been discussed at length by ministers and civil servants. It didn't just appear out of nowhere.
Response to alp227 (Original post)
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:15 PM
leftlibdem420 (256 posts)
16. Reminds me of Stephen Harper...
Nobody really liked her, but she and her party exploited a shitty electoral system to impose a toxiic, hard-right agenda on an electorate that didn't want it. Only morons support first past the post. I consider support for such an archaic electoral system and opposition to proportional representation to be on the same level of stupidity as opposition to same-sex marriage, abortion rights, and the legalization of soft drugs.
Response to leftlibdem420 (Reply #16)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:03 AM
ButterflyBlood (12,570 posts)
19. PR has its benefits, but look at Israel if you think its flawless
Israel's government almost aways has some crazies in it because it's almost impossible to get a majority without them. Also the Netherlands's system gives a bit too much power to Geert Wilders because of the system. I'd like to look at something like single transferable vote.