Top 10 Facts About Margaret Thatcher

She Changed British Social Structure Forever

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Following the end of the Second World War, the UK- along with many of the other nations involved in the 6-year conflict, was in ruin. Both economically and socially, the country was completely bent out of shape. Despite the high levels of national pride and morale which accompanied an ‘against-all-odds’ victory over the colossal forces of Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan, the war had completely turned Great Britain inside out. As a result, the government of the time introduced measures to create the ‘Welfare State’. Though a term now carrying negative connotations (widely as a result of Lady Thatcher’s time in office), the creation of the Welfare State insured that each citizen of the UK would be cared for at the expense of the tax-payer. Whether supplying monetary support to a widowed soldiers wife and her now fatherless children, or providing free healthcare to a score of wounded veterans, the Welfare state was intended to contribute towards the ‘greater good’ ethos, often held synonymously alongside the wartime generation. When Thatcher arrived on the scene however, a lot of this changed for good. She denounced the poor as ‘work shy’, made the process of obtaining student finance grants a whole lot harder and even began measures to privatise the famous NHS (National Health Service). As a result, she commenced her journey towards becoming one of the most loathed figures in world politics.