Margaret Thatcher’s Achievements as Prime Minister in the Years 1979-1990 Were Limited.

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‘Margaret Thatcher’s achievements as Prime Minister in the years 1979-1990 were limited.’

Assess the validity of the statement.

Margaret Thatcher's political career has been one of the most remarkable of modern times she served as British Prime Minister for more than eleven years (1979-90), a record unmatched in the twentieth century.
During her term of office she reshaped almost every aspect of British politics, reviving the economy, reforming outdated institutions, and reinvigorating the nation's foreign policy. She challenged and did much to overturn the psychology of decline, which had become rooted in Britain since the Second World War, pursuing national recovery with striking energy and determination. In the process, Margaret
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The Thatcher government encouraged growth in the finance and service sectors to compensate for Britain's ailing manufacturing industry. Another economic victory for Margaret Thatcher was her ‘Buy Back’ council housing. This bit of legislation allowed poorer people in society to be able to buy their council houses from the Government and would be able to make a profit if they sell it on.

The defeat of Arthur Scargill and the trade unions was a major victory for Margaret Thatcher. With the diminishing use for Coal Thatcher decided to close down the mining pits. This was a major victory as she had essentially beaten the stranglehold, which the trade unions have on Britain. Traditionally it had been normal for the Unions to dictate Britain when they rioted and protested however Thatcher militarized her police force and made them a formidable force. The police force was brutal and ruthless, this reflected back on Thatcher’s feelings towards the Trade unions.

The Poll Tax however was a monumental failure for Margaret Thatcher an almost Marxist policy, in the sense that everyone was taxed the same. This tax was widely contested throughout Britain with mass demonstrations, which were televised. People saw shocking images of Blood, brutality and worst of all someone being knocked down by a police horse. The Poll Tax was Thatcher’s steep decline to the end of her premiership. When Michael Heseltine

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