Thatcher le­gacy not all bad

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – We con­stantly hear how the Tory Party has al­ways been a dis­as­ter for Scot­land, and many of the com­ments are at­trib­uted to the tox­i­c­ity of Mag­gie Thatcher and the poll tax.

And yet, was it not Thatcher who took on the rob­ber barons of the trades union move­ment and re­fused to tol­er­ate the con­tin­u­a­tion of wild­cat strikes and the se­vere dis­rup­tion caused to our peo­ple and our econ­omy?

Thatcher has been ac­cused of de­stroy­ing Scot­land’s min­ing and ship­build­ing in­dus­tries when the real vil­lains of the piece were the likes of Scargill and Scan­lon.

Their ac­tiv­i­ties made their in­dus­tries non­com­pet­i­tive, and un­trust­wor­thy, lead­ing to the im­por­ta­tion of coal to fuel power sta­tions and de­ci­sions by shipown­ers to send their busi­ness to less Bol­shie and cost-ef­fec­tive parts of the world.

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