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Margaret Thatcher: |

Margaret Thatcher was born in 1925; her family had helped the Jews during World War Two.
The period leading to the war and the War itself were very formative periods forMargaret Thatcher. She had first studied in a grammar school in Grantham and then to the University of Oxford where she first studied chemistry and was brilliantly successful and for some time aftergraduation, she worked in the laboratory of Nobel price winner Dorothy Hudgson. The, she decided to change her orientation and took up a post graduate in law at the University of London where she startedher involvement in Conservatives politics. She stood for parliament in 1951, but failed. 1955 she tried again and won. Her first taste of power was under Heath in 1970. Although she was relativelysuccessful in her post, her reputation was made on the ground that she was the person who stopped the distribution of free milk to children in British primary schools. She did not expect to become partyleader in 1955. It is generally said that with Margaret Thatcher, we move from consensus politics to politics of conviction. By consensus politics, the leader attempts to gain as much agreement aspossible for all political parties for measures he wants to implement like Atlee of MacMillan. Margaret Thatcher had a different approach and in politic of conviction it was mainly like this:”I believein this, follow me”. She was not a woman for compromise, she had strong opinions.
Her first action was to appoint a team that was largely on the same political line as her and to start implementing abasically monetary economic policy. Her main aim was to bring down inflation, which meant unemployment, and thus, for Margaret Thatcher it meant taking on the Trade Unions and implementing TradeUnions reforms. She made picketing illegal. (First picketing was when you blocked your own work place and secondary was blocking somebody else’s). From 1980 onwards there were reforms refraining the...
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