Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie

Rather like when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, satire is dead. In a BBC History Magazine article, Maggie has somewhat surprisngly topped a list to judge the best Prime Minister of the 20th century.

5 Margaret Thatcher (1979-1980)

5 Clement Attlee (1945-1951)

4 Edward Heath (1970-1974)

4 Winston Churchill (1940-1945; 1951-1955)

4 Harold Macmillan (1957-1963)

4 Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1905-1908)

3 The Marquess of Salisbury (1885-1886; 1886-1892; 1895-1902)

3 Herbert Henry Asquith (1908-1916)

3 David Lloyd George (1916-1922)

3Stanley Baldwin (1923-1924; 1924-1929; 1935-1937)

3 Harold Wilson (1964-1970; 1974-1976)

3 Tony Blair (1997-)

2 James Callaghan (1976-1979)

2 Arthur Balfour (1902-1905)

1 Andrew Bonar Law (1922-1923)

1 Ramsay MacDonald (1924; 1929-1931; 1931-1935)

1 Alec Douglas-Home (1963-1964)

1 John Major (1990-1997)

0 Anthony Eden (1955-1957)

0 Neville Chamberlain (1937-1940)

Francis Beckett, who compiled the list, claimed that the standard for judging the prime ministers was by their effectiveness at bringing in their policies. Tony Blair, who lies in mid-table has surely been more effective in bringning in Thatcher's policies than she ever was.

One of her 'best moments' was the Miners Strike according to Beckett. Best moments would clearly then include trying to starve people back to work, destroying entire communities and using police violence in turning the state on the working class.

Also one of her policies was the Poll Tax which ended with mass civil disobedience of non-payment, huge demonstrations, a riot and opposition which finally drove her from office. Another fine example of how effective Maggie was in 'bringning in her policies'!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Sorry, but I just have to play with html tags for a moment now I'm here.

That's better. Cheers.


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