This morning I heard a snatch of the Radio 4 news item in which someone whose name I didn't catch pointed out that 2020 marks 300 years since Sir Robert Walpole became Britain's first prime Minister (though he didn't like the title.) So a survey has been carried out as to whom people think has been our best prime minister.
It's no surprise that Winston Churchill ( a good Liberal in his early days) came out top of the rankings, but I'm quite shocked that Margaret Thatcher should come in at fourth place. In my view her premierships are far and away the most damaging of the post war years, and their aftermath is responsible for many of our current woes.
Here, off the top of my head, are fifteen reasons why.
1. Destroying 1/5th of UK's industrial capacity by over-tight monetary policy (dubbed "sado-monetarism") in her first years as PM but making no attempt to encourage replacement of the jobs destroyed - simply leaving things to "the market."
2. Thus causing unemployment to rise to 3m