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The Lady 12 april 2013

The Lady (“for elegant women with elegant minds”) har publicerats kontinuerligt sedan 1885. Idag är det “England’s longest running weekly magazine for women”.

I detta nummer, med anledning av Margaret Thatchers bortgång, skrev Matt Warren:

Under the Labour government of 1974-9, Britain was pummelled by strikes and on the verge of bankruptcy. In 1976, the nation was forced to go to the International Monetary Fund for a bailout. And by the end of 1978, the country faced the long, bitter Winter of Discontent.

And so, when she became Britain’s first female Prime Minister in 1979, Thatcher’s cupboard was bare. Her draconian economic policies, which included increasing interest rates and slashing public sector spending, put Britain on the road to recovery. But as unemployment initially soared, her popularity plummeted and tens of thousands suffered.

As some cried for a change of tack, however, she responded with customary grit: ‘You turn if you want to,’ she said in 1980. ‘This lady’s not for turning’. The Iron Lady – as she had been dubbed in the communist media – had come of age.

As her close colleague and ally Norman Tebbit told The Lady: ‘What set her apart from the politicians of today was that she asked for the facts first, and had the discussion later.’

This mettle certainly paid dividends. As the economy recovered, and her popularity soared following Britain’s nail-biting victory in the 1982 Falklands War, it appeared that ‘Thatcherism’ had been vindicated.

Newsweek magazine ran a cover picture of aircraft carrier HMS Hermes under the headline ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, Britain appeared to regain its standing in the world, and the 1983 election resulted in a Tory landslide.

Bild: The Lady den 12 april 2013.

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