Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

We shall never see the likes of Thatcher again

Margaret Thatcher was a remarkable woman. Inevitably, her legacy is controversial. But no one can deny she ushered in a new age in Britain.

Corporatism had clearly run its course; strikes and excessive union power were threatening to strangle our economic life.

As with any major swing of the pendulum, it probably went too far. Greed and individualism became widespread and clearly contributed to the crash of 2008.

We have yet to extirpate these facets from our national life and return to the ethic of public service, which so widely prevailed in days gone by. For once, it is surely not a cliche to say we shall not see her like again.

ANDREW McCLUSKEY

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