A debate has started on the History Enthusiasts Group on the Linked In site about the political legacy of Mrs Thatcher who died recently. It was started by Emilio Valli by reference to an opinion piece in Spiegel online (Emilio Valli •The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher Dies at 87http://spon.de/adUwqvia @SPIEGELONLINE ) and then he asked this question:-
What is your view of the influence of Margaret Thatcher ‘s legacy on the current political debate in advanced liberal democracies and beyond?
I responded and the debate continues. I thought it would be a good idea to share with a wider audience so I am adding the debate as a stream on my blog – here are the points so far…
Keith Melton •For a start I find it difficult to accept as meaningful a sentence which has both Thatcher’s name and the words “liberal democracies” in it. If it had been “libertarian” or even “libertine” it would have perhaps been a better starting point for such a discussion. Libertine is defined online as “one who acts without moral constraint” and that was what it felt like, living through the Thatcher years.
Her credo led, amongst other things, to the deregulation of markets which in turn contributed very significantly to the economic meltdown over recent years stemming from profit led investment in the so-called sub-prime housing market, the effects of which are still being felt in most of those “liberal democracies”.today.
Her credo made selfishness an acceptable social stance and one of her more memorable statements was along the lines of “…there is no such thing as Society” (1987)
…is that enough to start the debate?