Tue Apr 16th, 2013 at 12:20:18 PM EST
In The Guardian, Lucy Mangan has a good column on her personal experience of growing up in the Thatcher era. It's worth reading in full, but I'd like to draw attention to one little section:
Lucy Mangan: why I won't forget Margaret Thatcher in a hurry | Life and style | The Guardian
At school, things started disappearing. Milk, obviously. Playing fields. Sports and science equipment, overhead projectors, art materials broke, wore out, got used up and weren't replaced. When I started school, there was a textbook per pupil. By the time I left, we were down to one for every two or three.
It feels to me that this is the essential soundbite truth about the Thatcher era, stepping away from complex calculations about the speed of change in various industries and policies:
Thatcher's governments mortgaged Britain's future to buy electoral success.
- Cutbacks in education damaged the long term prospects of people and the country as a whole.
- North Sea oil and gas were frittered away on political projects and tax cuts.
- Add your own examples below.