Tribute to Margaret Thatcher
A Lady snatches parliament to win;
To steal the milk from mouth of little tyke.
On Lego bricks and dreams our hopes to pin;
Our fathers heard the common call to strike.
On breath of discontented winter wind,
A girl flies concrete streets on borrowed bike.
That child will grow dissent to be unfurled;
A woman knows that she can change the world.
Just take the money, nothing else to say;
The union is redundant dinosaur.
A father forced to work for cheaper pay;
A land lord wolf comes baying at the door.
On violet parma dream girl drifts away,
No-one will carry banners any more.
That child will grow to riot and provoke;
A woman tends a fire without smoke.
A father thinks his choice is his to choose;
Takes to the road to find a bold new dream.
And no-one sees the real truth on the News,
Regime sends police to fight and beat extreme.
A girl is there, to tend the cuts, and bruise,
A face is smashed, spills blood on field of bean.
That child will grow a cold and hardened heart.
A woman swears to tear the place apart.
A hungry girl looks down at empty bowl,
And mother wonders how she’ll pay the tax.
The room is cold; they’re running out of coal,
And spangled dreams begin to show the cracks.
This nation will not climb the greasy poll,
so protest turns to riot – broken backs.
That child will jump the train to London Town,
A woman tries to burn the whole place down.
Iron Lady passes by, her time is spent,
True legacy still covered up on screen,
and everybody parties their dissent,
the kids can’t see why people are so mean.
That old Lady shaped our government,
with Tory dreams and leanings so obscene,
Our freedom and our welfare she attacked.
A woman stands with mourners, turns her back.
Margaret Thatcher did so much more than inspire a young girl to dissent.
Thanks to Philip Cave for the following incomplete list ……
1. She abolished free milk for schoolchildren (“Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher”)
2. She destroyed the country’s manufacturing industry
3. She voted against the relaxation of divorce laws
4. She supported the retention of capital punishment
5. She supported more freedom for business (and look how that turned out)
6. She gained support from the National Front in the 1979 election by pandering to the fears of immigration
7. She gerrymandered local authorities by forcing through council house sales, at the same time preventing councils from spending the money they got for selling houses on building new houses (spending on social housing dropped by 67% in her premiership)
8. She was responsible for 3.6 million unemployed – the highest figure and the highest proportion of the workforce in history and three times the previous government. Massaging of the figures means that the figure was closer to 5 million
9. She ignored intelligence about Argentinian preparations for the invasion of the Falkland Islands and scrapped the only Royal Navy presence in the islands
10. The poll tax
11. She presided over the closure of 150 coal mines; we are now crippled by the cost of energy, having to import expensive coal from abroad
12. She compared her “fight” against the miners to the Falklands War
13. She privatised state monopolies and created the corporate greed culture that we’ve been railing against for the last 5 years
14. She introduced the gradual privatisation of the NHS
15. She introduced financial deregulation in a way that turned city institutions into avaricious money pits
16. She pioneered the unfailing adoration and unquestioning support of the USA
17. She allowed the US to place nuclear missiles on UK soil, under US control
18. Section 28
19. She opposed anti-apartheid sanctions against South Africa and described Nelson Mandela as “that grubby little terrorist”
20. She support the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and sent the SAS to train their soldiers
21. She allowed the US to bomb Libya in 1986, against the wishes of more than 2/3 of the population
22. She opposed the reunification of Germany
23. She invented Quangos
24. She increased VAT from 8% to 17.5%
25. She had the lowest approval rating of any post-war Prime Minister
26. Her post-PM job? Consultant to Philip Morris tobacco at $250,000 a year, plus $50,000 per speech
27. The Al Yamamah contract
28. She opposed the indictment of Chile’s General Pinochet
29. Social unrest under her leadership was higher than at any time since the General Strike
30. She presided over interest rates increasing to 15%
32. She presided over 2 million manufacturing job losses in the 79-81 recession
33. She opposed the inclusion of Eire in the Northern Ireland peace process
34. She supported sanctions-busting arms deals with South Africa
35. Cecil Parkinson, Alan Clark, David Mellor, Jeffrey Archer, Jonathan Aitkin
36. Crime rates doubled under Thatcher
37. Black Wednesday – Britain withdraws from the ERM and the pound is devalued. Cost to Britain – £3.5 billion; profit for George Soros – £1 billion
38. Poverty doubled while she opposed a minimum wage
39. She privatised public services, claiming at the time it would increase public ownership. Most are now owned either by foreign governments (EDF) or major investment houses. The profits don’t now accrue to the taxpayer, but to foreign or institutional shareholders.
40. She cut 75% of funding to museums, galleries and other sources of education
41. In the Thatcher years the top 10% of earners received almost 50% of the tax remissions
42. 21.9% inflation
and I added
43. The Battle of the Beanfield …