Jghjgh Essay

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| Successes | Failures | Political | Thatcher delivered on her message of ‘law and order’. Between 1979 and 1982 an extra 10,000 police officers were recruited. A ‘short, sharp, shock’ treatment for young offenders was implemented and a major prison rebuilding programme was undertaken.Thatcher won a political victory over left wing local councils in 1986 with the Local Government Act which abolished the metropolitan local authorities e.g. the Greater London Council (GLC) headed by Ken Livingstone was broken up. | The USA invaded the commonwealth Caribbean island of Grenada in Oct 1983 without consulting Thatcher. Reagan’s action humiliated the British Government.Between 1979 and 1986 public spending on schools was reduced by 10% in real terms.Thatcher did not succeed in cutting the overall tax burden. Taxation accounted for 38.5% of GDP in 1979 and 40.75% of GDP in 1990. The mantra that the Tories were the party of low taxation was a lie. | Economic | Real earnings grew by 2.8% in the 1980s, compared to 0.5% in the 1970s.In 1980 Thatcher demanded a rebate from Europe and succeeded in securing 2/3 of the money she claimed. A total of £1,570 million was rebated from the EEC.Annual growth rates of the British economy between 1979 and 1988 averaged 1.9%, considerably higher than the period 1973-79.Inflation was cut from a high of 22% at the end of 1979 to a low of 5.4% in 1983; inflation did not exceed 7% until after the 1987 election.The average real income of British families rose by 37% between 1979 and 1992. | The numbers of families living on less than ½ the average national salary increased from 5 million in 1979 to 14.1 million in 1992.Thatcher did not succeed in cutting the overall tax burden. Taxation accounted for 38.5% of GDP in 1979 and 40.75% of GDP in 1990. The mantra that the Tories were the party of low taxation was a lie.Privatisation did not

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