Study Sources 4,5 and 6. How Far Do You Agree That Margaret Thatcher Was a 'Conviction' Politician Who Was Opposed to 'Consensus' Politics? Essay
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Study sources 4,5 and 6. How far do you agree that Margaret Thatcher was a 'conviction' politician who was opposed to 'consensus' politics?
Following the election of 1979, it seemed that merely winning the election was not enough for Margaret Thatcher, she seemed to be determined to stamp her stamp of authority on the British nation and for the first time after the second world war here it seemed there was a leader willing to smash the consensus politics that Britain was accustomed to see and that here was a leader to try and make Britain great again and do that she did, Thatcher was definitely a 'conviction' politician who was opposed to 'consensus' politics.
It was a shock to many in the public and especially to Heath when Thatcher beat him in the Tory leadership election. Heath even told Thatcher that she would 'lose'. However she did not and won the election but not by enough to become the leader however Heath stepped down paving the way for Thatcher. After her premier ship and her becoming the first woman prime minister it was clear that Thatcher was going to smash the consensus politics that had draped itself across the politics of Britain. This is evident in Source 4 in which the National Union of Miners (NUM) under Arthur Scargill had begun a year long strike. However unlike Heath and Wilson, Thatcher was willing to confront the miners in a head long collision. Unlike her predecessors who used consensus politics and just let the laws that protected Trade Unions go by unscathed Thatcher decided to change these laws. Also as well as letting her government fall prey to the power of the Trade Unions Thatcher used 'conviction' politics to crush the power of the Unions. The strike did not go according to plan as such things as the 'winter of discontent' did not repeat themselves, meaning the government did not have to back down. Thatcher had ordered the