Thatcher She Very Bad
Recently the so called Historical Writers Association voted Margret Thatcher(25%) the worst prime minister since 1916. The usual suspects were quoted as the reason. She created a social and moral vacuum, made a sense of community an anathema, inspired a lack of compassion, promoted deindustralisation and the free market. Of course the fact that economic and social events very similar have happened across the Western world(see Trump,Pen,Farage etc) are nothing to do with Thatcher escaped this hardly august body, none of whose names I recognised.(Darwin,Hokin,Scott, Meredith?).45 voted.
Second worst was Cameron(22%) he of course committed the sin of sins by allowing the people to have a say on the EU. And the people committed the even bigger sin of disagreeing with the HWA and voting bye,bye. No mention of how Cameron engineered the first and successful coalition.
Thankfully the better known Paddy (Pants) Down disagreed and made Chamberlain(17%) for his feebleness with Hitler as the biggest failure. Thatcher he notes left Britain in many way stronger and achieved many of her aims, home ownership, privatisation, a revival of entrepreneurship, national pride.No mention of the wasted years under Wilson . And the luvvies of the HWA could hardly bring themselves to mention Blair(11%).
As hinted my bad boy would be Harold Wilson who for two terms sucked his pipe while Britain quietly went down the pan with misguided economic policies- British Leyland, British Steel, ICL, trade union arrogance and general complacency. We won the World Cup and stayed out of the Vietnam War,so Wilson and his risible “white heat of technology” remain beneath the radar. Best would have been Putney boy Atlee followed by Thatcher.(Wilson went to Jesus College with(one of) my father (s)
Worst in my life time, not maybe worst but one to make you smile. Douglas Hume. He played cricket for the MCC ,went to a good school and did his economic calculations with matchsticks. Whats not to like? Just remember where those clever city boys and their rocket science pals with their space age computers took us and where in many ways we still are.