April 8, 2013: Death of Margaret Thatcher - Bill Esterson's Westminster Diary

Bill Esterson



Margaret Thatcher had conviction. She stuck to those convictions regardless of what other people thought and regardless of the impact of her government’s policies. But for many people, her government caused enormous damage.
 
People in Merseyside were at the sharp end of her government's policies.
 
The Conservative government which she led destroyed industry and put a whole generation of people on the scrap heap. Many young people could not find jobs as a result of the devastating effect of government policies at the time and many never caught up so that families are still living with the effects of what happened in the 1980s even now. The deregulation of the financial services industry which happened with the Big Bang in 1987 was the root cause of the financial crisis.
 
And this government has resurrected the damaging policies which are hurting working people, the old and the young all over again here in Merseyside. The privatisation of the NHS, the cuts to local government and the attacks on disabled people, on pensioners and on children through the cuts in the benefits system are all a reminder of what Margaret Thatcher’s government was like.
 
Margaret Thatcher may be gone, but her approach lives on in the policies of a government which has taken her approach to a whole new level.