The Thatcher Legacy: A single-minded politician who divided opinions and people

Margaret Thatcher set out to reinstate Britain's economic and international relevance but in the process she fostered social divisions which still remain, writes Dave Sambrook in London.

13th April, 2013
Margaret Thatcher: 'Where there is discord may we bring harmony' were her words on being elected British prime minister in 1979 but the 11 years that followed were anything but harmonious. Photo: Tim Graham/Getty

When Margaret Thatcher resigned as British prime minister in 1990, a major poll found Britons evenly split on whether her premiership had been "good for the country". Some 23 years later, it is likely that a similar poll would generate much the same result.

Whether another British politician has ever divided opinion more than 'Maggie' is debatable, but in the current climate of poll-driven, stage-managed politics, it is doubtful we will see her like for many years...

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