Thatcher: “No! No! No!”

1990

There is much I disagree with in Thatcher’s policies. She was much too much of a doctrinaire libertarian; her pro-Americanism and democratism were undiscerning and taken too far; she made false promises about restrictions on immigration; she uncritically promoted the exaggerated Churchill myth; some of her privatizations seem to have been disastrous; her view of the status of the humanities in British universities was problematic, and she closed grammar schools. She also closed the Victorian police stations. But despite these seemingly uncongenial weaknesses, she was an authentic English character of a kind that is increasingly rare. And, as has become much clearer since then, on the issue discussed here she is clearly right (not because all forms of European union are wrong, but primarily because the current EU is simply anti-European). She bravely takes the stand that led to her downfall.

3 Responses to “Thatcher: “No! No! No!””


  1. 1 Simon O. Pettersson December 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    “and she closed all the Victorian police stations”
    I agree with the assesment, but this particular point is unfamiliar to me. Could you please explain it a little bit further?

    • 2 Jan Olof Bengtsson December 29, 2010 at 8:24 am

      I think it was in Peter Hitchens’s The Abolition of Britain that I read about this. It made a rather deep impression on me, but it was a long time ago, and right now I somehow can’t find the book on my shelves. I should re-read this passage myself, and I’ll come back to you here when I find it.

  2. 3 Magdalena June 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

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