Maggie’s gone – now smash Thatcherism

9 April 2013
Many trade unionists, socialists and people angry at cuts, unemployment, the bedroom tax and the miners strikeprivatisation of the NHS came out on the streets on Monday night and celebrated at the news of Thatcher’s death. There was much debate about the rights and wrongs of celebrating the death of someone, even someone hated by so many for the political destruction she caused.Although Thatcher is dead Thatcherism is alive and well and the cuts people are feeling today sharply emphasise the need to organise to change to rid us of her legacy.Many pointed to the fact that she labelled Nelson Mandela a terrorist and was a friend of PW Botha, a friend of Jimmy Saville, a friend of Pinochet of Chile and as Education Secretary she abolished universal free school milk, becoming known as ‘the milk snatcher’.Along with her introduction of the ‘right to buy’ on a national scale, which saw the sell-off of an estimated 2 million council homes, still resonating today as families face a tax on bedrooms, whilst having little council stock to allow families to move to smaller properties, her attack on the trade union movement, in particular the miners, attracted most comment.

Thatcher took on the miners in a bitter year long strike with the aim of weakening the whole trade union movement by taking on the strongest and most well-organised group of workers.

The anti trade union laws she introduced were designed to undermine workers struggles to try to prevent effective resistance.

When she left office 1 in 3 children were living in poverty compared to 1 in 7 when she took office.

Despite the rhetoric about the ‘Iron Lady’ the epic battle over the poll tax defeated her politically and shows that even a tough leader like her can be defeated. At least twice during the strike Thatcher wobbled – when other workers joined the the battle.

30 years on we are still blighted by the legacy of her government and her policies.

Today we face the challenge of uniting the trade union movement and working towards a General Strike against the severe cuts to pay, pensions and services as well as campaigning in our communities against the bedroom tax, benefit cuts and privatisation.
Unite the Resistance are holding regional conferences, the next being this Saturday in the East Midlands. Book your place and help turn the anger over Thatcherism into a united campaign that can see off Cameron’s vicious Tory coalition government and see the trade union movement come together as it did on 30th November and fight to turn the tide on cuts and privatisation.

 

2 comments

  1. matty said:

    I hope that the opening up of the debate on thatcherism and the realisation that its ideologies played a big part in producing todays systems of greed,fraud and exploitation will awaken the working class from slumber . Maggie may yet become an unknowing gravedigger of capitalism .

    10 April 2013 at 4:37pm
  2. DENBO said:

    I REMEMBER THE POLL TAX.UNDER THE RATES SYSTEM WE WERE PAYING £250 PER ANNUM.WHEN THE”FAIRER ” POLL TAX CAME IN WE WERE CHAGED £400 EACH FOR THREE OF US.MY POOR MUM WAS A HOUSEWIFE WHO DIDN,T EVEN HAVE A INCOME,I HOPE THEY BURNING IN HELL.

    11 April 2013 at 9:46am

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