The Thatcher years were marked by a creed endorsing the unfettered pursuit of money and being mean to those who don't have it. She had guts, she had personality, charisma and she didn't b***s**t anyone. That said, her policies were brutal and you will see something in her little speech here which reminiscient of social darwinism. Ultimately, Thatcherism was about the survival of the fittest.
Lord Norman Tebbit of Chingford has been given a Telegraph Blog. It is very 'Daily Telegraph'. This kind of social snobbery is the reason why I will never actually buy a copy. I would imagine that the Telegraph team is chock full of misanthropes. Here is what the man said.
'When I was at school in a less than fashionable working-class suburb of London before the Second World War, I knew plenty of kids whose fathers had been unemployed during the great slump, but I did not know any whose fathers had never worked in their lives. I did not know anyone who had been mugged, or even anyone who knew anyone who had been mugged. I soon learned that not every one was growing up in an ideal family, but I did not know anyone who had several half brothers and sisters, all by different fathers.
Every one of my classmates could read and write and manage basic maths by the time we were nine or ten years old, and none of us would ever set out to disrupt a class except as a bit of harmless fun. For such an act, or for being plain silly, we might have our hands caned or be kept in for half an hour after school, but we seemed to suffer no lasting traumatic harm. Oh yes, and none of us was obese.
So what has changed and why? Is it television, mobile phones, prosperity, computer games (and I have heard each of those held to blame)? For what it is worth, I do not blame Lord Beveridge or Clement Attlee. Would that we had a leader of any party to compare with him. So who or what is to blame? To be fair, it did not all start to go wrong in 1997, although I certainly think that poisonous vine Tony Blair has had a hand in it all.
Or is there nothing to worry about at all? Certainly it is not all gloom. I dropped my wallet in the street on Saturday and it was picked up and returned intact.
No doubt some of you have your theories, too.'
It is likely I will be heavily criticised for saying this by other commentors but I said.
I would argue strongly that the social breakdown, poverty, misery and exclusion from society now experienced by the very people Tebbit looks down upon has at its first cause, Thatcher and the man who posted this blog.Oops! Me and my big mouth, eh? That was me being charitable and more than a little black and white. You have to respect the man, if for no other reason than the fact that he is not fat, poor, a father of multiple children from multiple women, 'workshy', welfare dependent, a convict or any other 'undesirable' person. He is, however, quite old and as we all know, the older people get, the more they become set in their ways. Still, at least he voted pro-life in his career, or so I hear and was quoted as saying, "I am in favour of post-natal abortion for adults who have done things that are thoroughly evil and not pre-natal abortion for innocents who might be an inconvenience."