Twenty years after she left her post as Prime Minister, the spirit of Margaret Thatcher is reportedly back in Britain. According to The Telegraph, “Only a quarter of people believe more money should be spent on benefits compared with more than half in the mid-1980s, it was disclosed. A large-scale analysis of social attitudes over three decades also found fewer adults wanted the Government to redistribute income and many believed inequality was down to “individual laziness on the one hand and hard work on the other”. The disclosure … is being seen as evidence that public opinion is “far closer” to many of Lady Thatcher’s core beliefs than it was when she left office in 1990.” As you may have inferred, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Iron Lady. I don’t know what Britain will do about this, but that attitude is a step in the right direction.
This reminds me of a statistic cited in Jeremy Rifkin’s 2004 book, The European Dream, originally taken from the Pew Global Attitudes project.
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