The not-so-ill Thatcher legacy
October 20, 2010 Leave a comment
As we think about the destruction of Britian’s social services, Laurie Penny wrote a good piece in the New Statesman about the ailing Margaret Thatcher and her legacy yesterday. I especially like this bit:
Let’s not get mawkish about Maggie. She may be a sick woman, but unlike hundreds of thousands of other sick women in the country, she’s not about to be threatened with eviction and destitution as her disability benefits and housing allowance are wrenched away. She’s not going to be affected by the decimation of the welfare state thirty years after she laid out her project to destroy the Attlee Settlement. Even in hospital, she enjoys wealth, power and the prayers of a grateful neoliberal caucus, but the prayers for clemency of the young, the poor, the sick and the disenfranchised are currently falling on deaf ears in Whitehall.