Originally posted by Cythraul
Originally posted by The Revenant
what about the Thatcher / Reagan years when the right-wing dominated the Western world?
What exactly made Thatcher 'right wing'? I'm genuinely interested because I don't know much about her policies. What I do know is that she oversaw
expansion of the Marxist EU project, large amounts of immigration, the socialist healthcare system and - unless I'm wrong - tax increases. What I'm
saying is - official history, social dogma and her incredibly posh accent tells us that Thatcher was 'right wing conservative'. Does that
automatically make it true? Likewise with the Conservative party as a whole. What exactly make them right-wing? In fact, what makes them genuinely
conservative in any way? What exactly do they conserve?
edit on 26/7/2011 by Cythraul because: (no reason given)
Well, I'm not sure how this can be answered as political ideology is fairly much a moving feast, but to question if Mrs Thatcher represented at the
very least a UK right wing (although I wouldn't say extreme) suggests you may not know too much political history - sorry, but the points you've made
above kind of lead me to think that way.
I'm no Thatcher basher but it has to be said that the following points were all seen as more right than central and certainly not left wing....
"What I do know is that she oversaw expansion of the Marxist EU project" I'm not sure she oversaw it, in fact she was in direct opposition to many EU
proposals and fought strongly for UK interests (rightly in my opinion). It wasn't just Russia who thought of her as the Iron lady
"large amounts of immigration" You may want to check that, you imply she and her government were in favour of that which I'd question, in fact it
wouldn't take too long looking at comments from ministers such as Lord Tebbit to see a different side to that.
"the socialist healthcare system" Now I've got to seriously wonder where you are getting this from. but if there were two issues that really lost the
Thatcher government its popularity (such that it had) where the cuts to the health service and the education service. I'm old enough to remember the
headlines of 'Thatcher the milk snatcher' and news of hospitals and wards being closed as the budget was slashed.
"and - unless I'm wrong - tax increases" I'm not sure why this is seen as a good thing, but yes, tax increases, the poll tax and rises in income
I'm not even going to mention the miners strike and the overall breaking of the (left based) unions.
"her incredibly posh accent" The daughter of a Grantham shop owner? Her voice became more and more contrived throughout her career, but then again,
Tony Blair hardly sounded common and Ed Milliband (sorry for the curse) has never worked a day in his life and sounds the poshest of the lot in todays
edit on 27-7-2011 by something wicked because: spell check