Essay on The Legacy Of The New Welfare State

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After the post-war consensus planning of 1945, Britain and its society took a sharp left turn from the old world ideals practiced by the previous federal administrations in Britain. From the profoundly right wing political schema present in the pre-war society to the strongly liberal left that came to power in parliament after the war, the federal landscape of modern Britain warped during the 1940’s. The foundation of a social welfare republic and the rise of the labour party created a nation that was not focused on old world ideals of noble cause, monetarism and subsistent privilege. In the new welfare state, the four pillars of centralized government planning, nationalized resource industries, cradle to the grave social security and focus on third force foreign policy became the new just causes that were pursued by Prime Minister Clement Atlee. This age of liberalism would resonate through the decades until the prominent Margaret Thatcher assumed office in 1979. She claimed “There is no such thing as society. There are only individuals.” This powerful assertion is proven true as the figure of Thatcher herself reformed an entire society, one individual with a vision for a different Britain. Yet, the entirety of Thatcher’s success is debatable. By examining Thatcher’s economic policy, immigration policy and contests of British heritage, a more complex story to her time in office is revealed. Margaret Thatcher was a woman who possessed a profoundly different outlook on the…

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